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Tentative Academic Calendar 1986-1988 

Spring 1987 


19 Monday 

Sept. 1 




Oct. 2 

Nov. 1 1 








Fall 1986 











30 Sunday 

Dec. 9 Tuesday 

10 Wednesday 

(Labor Day) Residence 
halls open for all students - 
12 noon 

President's address to 
faculty-10:00am Depart- 
mental meetings and 
student advising 
Classes begin 8:30 am 
Final day for dropping/ad- 
ding courses 

Fall Academic Convocation 
1 :30 pm-2:30 pm 
Final day for making up In- 
complete Grades from 
previous semester 
U.S. & Mass. Constitution 
Columbus Day - NO 

Final day for withdrawal 
from classes without 

Veteran's Day - NO 

U.S. & Mass. Constitution 

Thanksgiving recess begins 
3:30 pm Residence Halls 
close 5:00 pm 
Thanksgiving recess ends; 
Residence halls reopen 
3:00 pm 

Last day of Fall semester 

Reading Day - NO 
Final semester 

19 Thursday 

March 13 Friday 

22 Sunday 

24 Tuesday 

April 20 Monday 

30 Thursday 

May 8 Friday 

31 Sunday 

Martin Luther King Day - 
opens; Residence halls 
open for all students 
3:00 pm 

Classes begin 8:30 am 
Last day for adding/dropp- 
ing courses 

Washington's birthday - 
Final day for making up 
Incomplete Grades from 
previous semester. 
U.S. & Mass. Constitution 
Spring vacation begins 
4:30 pm Residence halls 
close 6:00 pm 
Spring vacation ends; 
Residence halls open 
12:00 noon 

Final day for withdrawal 
from classes without 

Patriot's Day - NO 

Honors Convocation; 
afternoon classes 
suspended 1:30 pm 
Last day of spring 
semester classes 
Final semester 
Commencement 10:30 pm 
Campus Quadrangle 

Fall 1987 

Spring 1988 

Sept. 7 Monday 

8 Tuesday 





















29 Sunday 

Dec. 1 1 Friday 


Residence halls open for all 
students - 12 noon 
President's address to 
faculty - 10:00 am followed 
by departmental meetings 
and student advising 
Classes begin 8:30 am 
Final day for dropping/ad- 
ding courses 

Fall Convocation - 1 :30 pm 
- 2:30 pm 

Final day for making up In- 
complete Grades from 
previous semester 
U.S. & Mass. Constitution 
Columbus Day - NO 

Final day for withdrawal 
from classes without 

Veteran's Day - NO 

U.S. & Mass. Constitution 

Thanksgiving recess begins 
3:30 pm Residence Halls 
close 5:00 pm 
Thanksgiving recess ends; 
Residence halls reopen 
3:00 pm 

Last day of Fall semester 
Final semester 

Jan. 18 




























Martin Luther King Day - 
NO CLASSES; College 
opens; Residence halls 
open for all students 
3:00 pm 

Classes begin 8:30 am 
Last day for adding/dropp- 
ing courses 

Washington's Birthday - NO 

Final day for making up In- 
complete grades from 
previous semester 
U.S. & Mass. Constitution 
Spring vacation begins 
4:30 pm 

Residence halls close 
6:00 pm 

Spring vacation ends; 
Residence halls open 
12:00 noon 

Final day for withdrawal 
from classes without 

Patriot's Day - NO 

Honors Convocation; After- 
noon classes supended 
1 :30 pm 

Last day of Spring 
Semester classes 
Final Semester 
Commencement 10:30 am 
Campus Quadrangle 

Table of Contents 

1 History of the College 3 

2 Academic Policies 3 

3 Hammond Building 6 

4 Student Organizations .8 

5 College Governance 12 

6 Athletics 13 

7 Support Services 14 

8 Residence Life 19 

9 Off-Campus Living 23 

10 Student Judicial Code 25 

1 1 Standards and Procedures for Involuntary 
Administrative Withdrawal 29 

12 Miscellaneous . .31 

13 Departmental Chairpersons 36 

History of the College 

1 A cademic Policies 




The State Normal School in Fitchburg was established in 
1894 by an act of the Massachusetts legislature and open- 
ed in temporary quarters in the old high school building on 
Academy Street. Principle John G. Thompson was aided 
by three teachers, 200 books, and an $11,500 budget for 
the education of 46 women in a two-year program. In 
December 1896, the school moved into its new building 
and took charge of the Day Street and Highland Avenue ci- 
ty buildings as state schools of observation and practice. 

Several years later the Edgerly School was opened on 
an eight grade model and practice school and in 1910 it 
became one of the first junior high schools in the United 
States. The following year a Practical Arts teacher training 
course for men, the first of its kind in the country, was in- 
stituted. The new course assisted in increasing male 

In 1 932, the school was authorized as a four-year college 
to grant the Bachelor of Science in Education degree and 
two years later became State Teachers College at Fit- 
chburg. Over the next decades, many departments such 
as Special Education, Nursing, and Business Administra- 
tion were added to the existing education departments and 
by 1983 Fitchburg State College was offering thirty degree 
programs in 17 academic departments to its 3700 full-time 
students and another 3700 part-time students. The cam- 
pus now has 93 acres and 23 buildings. 

Accreditation and Memberships 

Fitchburg State College is accredited by the New England 
Association of Schools and Colleges, The National Council 
for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National 
League for Nursing. The New England Association of 
Schools and Colleges is one of six nationally recognized 
regional accrediting associations in the United States and 
is the official accrediting agency for schools and colleges in 
the six New England States. Institutional membership in 
the Association indicates that the school or college has 
been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards 
agreed upon by qualified educators. 
Fitchburg State College is a member of: 

The American Association of Colleges of Teacher 


The College Entrance Examination Board 

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing 

The American Association of State Colleges and 


American Association of University Women 

The International Association of Colleges and 


The American Council on Education 

The New England Association of College Admissions 


Outlined here are some Fitchburg State College 
Academic Policies. Reading through them will help you to 
understand how the college is run and how it works for you. 
Refer to them when you need help understanding the 
course registration process, for example, or how to leave a 
course without penalty. 

This section has been written primarily to make the 
policies clear and close at hand. Each policy is not carved 
in stone, however, and may be subject to change or revi- 
sion. Special considerations may be given should you have 
a problem with the conditions of any policy. 

Contact one of the following if a policy doesn 't seem clear 
to you: 
Your Faculty Advisor; The Academic Advising Center; 
The Registrar's Office; The Undergraduate Dean 

Scheduling Courses 

About the eleventh week of each semester, you may 
pick your courses for the following semester. You will 
receive a master class schedule through the campus 
mailboxes and from that you should develop your own 
conflict-free schedule. 

You then make an appointment to meet with your ad- 
visor, and he/she will help you fill out a Course Selection 
Card which your advisor will submit to the Registrar's Of- 
fice. In a few days, you will receive a Course Confirmation 
Card in your mailbox which will list the courses in which you 
are enrolled. 

If all the courses you chose are listed on the course con- 
firmation card, fine. If any of the courses you chose are not 
listed, it may be that the missing courses were already filled 
when your course selection card was submitted to the 

When this happens, there are four things you can do in 
the following order: 

Find the professor teaching the class that was not 
listed on your card. Ask if the professor will add you to 
the class. If it's okay, the professor will turn the Red 
Add-Card into the Registrar's Office. This card will 
allow you to become registered for "closed classes. " 

Return to your advisor and have him/her help you pick 
alternate courses to replace the ones you didn't get. 

If courses are full, or if you are unable to contact your 
advisor after trying several times, you can visit the 
Academic Advising Center to find out what courses re- 
main open. At the Center you fill out a Drop-Add Card 
for each course you want to add and leave the card at 
the Center. You will then be added to the course pro- 
vided seats remain available at the time the card is 
turned in to the Registrar. 

Keep whatever courses you have as long as you are 
registered for at least twelve credits as this is the 
minimum credit load you must carry to be considered 
a full time student. You may then add courses during 
the Add-Drop Period, which is the first two weeks of 
the following semester. All students are encouraged to 
carry fifteen credits per semester. 

It is wise to retake a failed course since the grade you get 
after retaking it will be figured into your overall cum. 
(Cumulative Average). 

Petitioning For A Grade Change 

If you believe one of your professors or the Registrar 
made a mistake in recording your grade you should ap- 
proach the professor and bring the error to his/her 

If the professor agrees that a mistake has been made, 
he/she must fill out a Grade Change Form at the 
Registrar's Office, get the signature of his/her Department 
Chairperson, and return the form to the Registrar. 

Should you be in disagreement with a professor about a 
grade he/she gave you, gather all your coursework and 
other materials the grade was based on and approach the 
professor with your complaint. 

If you cannot resolve the complaint with the professor, 
approach the professor's Department Chairperson with all 
your coursework and present your argument for a change 
of grade. You should be able to resolve the situation at this 

The Undergraduate Dean should be contacted after you 
have gone through the above steps and have not been able 
to resolve the matter. Present your case to the 
Undergraduate Dean along with all your coursework and a 
copy of your professor's grading policy. 

The Grade Change Petition process should be initiated 
by you very early in the semester, preferably during the first 
week of classes. 

Auditing A Course 

You may audit a course without being registered for it as 
long as the professor doesn't mind. 

When auditing a course, the professor may or may not 
require you to do the classwork or take exams. Audited 
courses do not appear on your official transcript. 

If you audit a course that you withdrew from or dropped, 
you may have an easier time getting through it if you retake 
it later for credit. 

Changing Your Major 

If you want to change your major you should first speak 
to the Chairperson of the department you are interested in 
entering and convince him/her of your sincerity in changing 
over to that department. 

If that Chairperson approves of your entering the depart- 
ment, get a Major Change Form from the Registrar's Of- 
fice, bring it to your current faculty advisor and current 
Department Chairperson, and have them both sign it. They 
will arrange to send your records to your new department. 

Next, have the Chairperson of the department you are 
entering sign the form. Your new Department Chairperson 
will assign you an advisor in your new department. Sign the 
form yourself and return it to the Registrar's Office. 

You will now be registered under a new major. You must 
complete all the requirements of your new major as they 
are stated at the time you enter the major. 

Some majors are much more difficult to transfer into 
than others, such as Business Administration, Nursing or 
Communications. Contact the appropriate Department 
Chairperson for specific details. 

Withdrawing From The College 

If you are thinking about leaving school for a semester or 
permanently, the Undergraduate Dean, the Vice President 
for Student Affairs, or representatives from either the 
Counseling Center or the A.I.D. Office will be glad to offer 
advice and information about withdrawal. 

Withdrawal forms may be obtained at any of these of- 
fices: Residence Hall students should contact the Director 
of Residence Life first when contemplating withdrawal so 
space can be offered to a student in need of housing. 

Completing the proper procedures and paper work 
necessary for withdrawal will help you get back into college 
with a minimum of difficulty if you decide to return. Read- 
mission, however, is not guaranteed. It is based on enroll- 
ment at the time you wish to be readmitted. 

Depending on when you withdraw, your transcripts will 
note the withdrawal in the following manner: 

If you officially withdraw before the end of the Add-Drop 
period, you will receive no grades for the semester. A nota- 
tion that you withdrew on a certain date will be all that is 

If you officially withdraw between the end of the Add- 
Drop period and the end of the eighth week of classes you 
will receive a grade of 'W' in all your courses (see 
Withdrawing From A Course); 

If you officially withdraw after the end of the eighth week 
of classes, you will receive a 0.0 in all your courses. This is 
still better than not officially withdrawing; an official 
withdrawal will look better on your record if you decide to 
return to school sometime in the future. 

Illness, injury, or personal emergency are circumstances 
that may allow you to withdraw from the College after the 
end of the eighth week of classes without receiving a grade 
of 0.0 in your courses. If you find you must withdraw after 
the eighth week for one of these reasons, contact the 
Undergraduate Dean as soon as possible. 

If you do not follow the proper procedures for withdrawal, 
no matter what the circumstances are, you will receive a 
grade of 0.0 in all the courses you were taking at the time 
of withdrawal. Unofficial withdrawal may hamper your ef- 
forts to return to school, and the grades of 0.0 will remain 
on your permanent record until you retake the failed 
courses at Fitchburg State College. 

Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress 

Financial Aid recipients and Varsity Sport participants 
are expected to be making "Satisfactory Academic Pro- 
gress" towards a baccalaureate degree. 

Satisfactory Academic Progress means that you must 
take and successfully pass at least 24 credits before begin- 
ning you third full-time semester at Fitchburg State Col- 
lege; 48 credits before you fifth full-time semester; and 72 
credits before your seventh full-time semester. 

Full-time or part-time status is determined at the end of 
the Add-Drop period. 

Exception to the above policy may be made by obtaining 
a Petition for Waiver Form from the Undergraduate Dean. 

Attending Classes 

Your professors will explain their attendance policies 
during the first class meeting. Should attendance in any 
class have to be verified, the professor of the class in ques- 

tion will be asked for proof of your attendance as he/she is 
responsible for keeping track of how often you come to 

Many professors also refer to their course attendance 
records when determining grades so if you must take a pro- 
longed absence from classes, you should place a record of 
the absence on file in the Student Affairs Office. This is on- 
ly a record of absence not an excused absence. It is then 
your responsiblity to notify all your professors about your 

Academic Probation/Suspension 

You will be put on academic probation or suspension if 
you do not maintain an acceptable Semester Average or 
Cum Average. 

Your Semester Average and Cum Average are determin- 
ed after your professors submit your semester grades to 
the Registrar. Your Semester Average is calculated by 
averaging these grades together. 

Your Cum Average is then calculated by averaging your 
new grades with your grades from past semesters. Your 
Semester Average and Cum Average are printed near the 
bottom of your grade report (see sample.) 

An acceptable Semester Average or Cum Average 
depends on your class rank which in turn is determined by 
ihe total number of credits you have earned. Your total 
credits are labelled "Cum Cr Pas" on your grade report 
and are printed between your Semester Average and Cum 

Total Credits Earned 

90 + 

Class Rank 


If, for instance, your grade report shows you have earned 
29 or fewer credits then you are considered to be a 
Freshman. The acceptable Semester Average and Cum 
Average you must obtain as a Freshman is 1.6. If either 
your Semester Average or Cum Average fall below 1 .6 you 
will be put on academic probation for the following 

If you do not achieve a Semester Average above 1 .6 or 
raise your Cum Average above 1.6 by the end of the 
semester during which you are on probation, you will be 
suspended from the College. 

The same conditions apply if you are considered a 
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior except that the minimum ac- 
ceptable Semester Average and Cum Average you must 
achieve is higher: 


Minimum Acceptable 

Sem. Avg. and Cum 










You will be suspended if you fail to achieve the minimum 
acceptable average for two semesters in a row. 

If you are suspended you should see the Undergraduate 
Dean before leaving. You will have to wait two semesters 
before appealing to the Undergraduate Dean for 

During the two semesters you are away from the Col- 
lege, you should consider taking courses and doing 
satisfactory work at another institution to make up for the 
courses you failed at Fitchburg State College. If you do not 
attend another institution while you are away, then you will 
be expected to retake the failed course, if possible, upon 
your return to Fitchburg State College. 

If you are readmitted you will automatically be placed on 
academic probation. If you fail to acheive a satisfactory 
Semester Average for the first semester after re- 
admission, you will be permanently dismissed from the 

If you fail to raise your Cum Average (which includes the 
grade you earned before suspension) satisfactorily within 
two semesters after readmission, you will be permanently 
dismissed from the College. 

Hammond Building 


The Library 

Robert Frost once defined home as the place where, 
when you go there they have to take you in. This same con- 
cept of an extended welcome could also be applied to your 
college library, the primary function of which is to help 
students locate information and learn some basic research 

When you come to the library you will be given informa- 
tion concerning hours of service, rules for borrowing books, 
periodicals, and microfilms that will be used for your 
courses. Most important of all, you will have a chance to 
meet some very friendly people who actually enjoy working 
with students and are trained to provide assistance. 

Life in G-Lobby 

The hub of student activity on campus is the Campus 
Center which, along with the library, makes up the Ham- 
mond Building. If you want to know what contests, trips, 
parties, or athletic events are happening, the Campus 
Center is where you find out. 

The ground-floor lobby of the Campus Center,G-Lobby, is 
a casual student information center where you may see 
videotape or posters promoting a jazz musician performing 
on campus, or hear an announcement from the radio sta- 
tion about free bus going to an away hockey game, or 
receive a handbill about a Hawaiian luau party in the Pub. 

You can also see a Christmas crafts display, or displays 
of furniture constructed by Industrial Science students. Oc- 
casionally G-Lobby is turned into a mini-theater hosting 
comedians, dancers, or singers; often it borders on hilarity 
as brownie eating contests and hairiest leg shows are the 
order of the day. 

Many of these campus cultural highlights are run by the 
Programs Committee which has its office in the lower level 
of the Campus Center beyond the Pub. You are welcome 
to become as involved as you like with the Programs Com- 
mittee—doing just about anything you wish. 

You may help schedule rock bands for Pub or Gym par- 
ties by joining the Entertainment Committee, oversee 
cultural performances and displays on the Performing Arts 
or Fine Arts Committee, or you can be a part of that com- 
mittee in charge of showing free, first-run films for FSC 
students in the Campus Center Cinema next to the bank in 

In addition, the Campus Center Resource Office (CCRO) 
prints both a semester and weekly calendar of events so 
you're never in the dark about what's going on around 
campus. The CCRO works with the Programs Committee 
and the Students Affairs Office to provide a wide range of 
performing arts, films, and special events. The CCRO 
believes 50 percent of your education takes place outside 
of the classroom and offers student groups information 
about budgeting, cash handling, alcohol awareness. They 
are located in the Campus Center Office. 

Within the Campus Center are the following services. 
Together they help the Campus Center become a unique, 
convenient place to make the most of your days at Fit- 
chburg State. 

The Information Desk 

This is the main switchboard of the College; it's located 
outside the library entrance. You can visit or call the Infor- 
mation Desk at ext.2151 to find out what school-sponsored 
events are scheduled or where just about anyone on cam- 
pus can be found. For information about faculty absences 
or school cancellations call (617)DIAL999 for a recorded 

The Information Desk is also where you go for lost and 
found, jumper cables, and it is where you can pick up the 
semester and weekly Campus Center Calendars or use the 
on-campus courtesy phone. 

If you have a question about anything having to do with 
FSC, call the Information Desk, the person working will find 
someone who can help you out. 

The Art Gallery 

Three displays of various kinds of artwork are featured at 
the Art Gallery each semester. The entrance to the Art 
Gallery is a stone's throw to the right of the Information 

Past displays have featured such acclaimed artists and 
photographers as Miro, Picasso, Adams, and Rothstein as 
well as many regional artists. Students and faculty may 
also have work from their photography, graphics and art 
classes on show at the end of Spring semester, giving the 
college community a chance to witness the innovative, 
combined talents of FSC. Just down the hall from G-Lobby 
is the Bookstore and Post Office. 

The Bookstore 

Textbooks for your classes are on sale at the bookstore; 
graphic supplies, magazines and daily newspapers, 
clothing with different FSC logos, munchies, sundries, and 
many other items are also available. You will find an exten- 
sive trade book section, class rings on sale and your used 
books may be bought back during final exam periods in 
December and May. If the Bookstore doesn't have 
something you need, the manager may be able to order it 
for you. 

The Post Office 

You are given a new mailbox at the Post Office every 
September which you can use as your mailing address at 
the College. It is often safer if you live in an off-campus 
apartment to have your mail delivered to your Campus 
Center mailbox. On-campus mail (notes from a friend, 
memos from professors, financial aid notices etc.) will also 
go to your mailbox. 

Although checking your mailbox everyday can be a drag 
unless you subscribe to a daily newspaper or have a 
devoted friend who writes all the time, you should open it 
once in awhile to see if there's any news from Financial 
Aid, lost and found, your advisor, money from home etc. 

Mail is delivered to and goes out from the Post Office at 
about 1 1 :30 am each weekday. You can send a letter or 
note to anyone on campus simply by writing their name and 
box number(if you know it) on the envelope or if you are 
associated with a student organization and wish to do a 
mass mailing the following is a list of Post Office 

All non-addressed mailed to be delivered to faculty, staff, 
or students shall be restricted to approved campus or col- 
lege activities. This general delivery mail will be distibuted 
on a time-available basis by the staff of the College Post 
Office. All items of general distribution must be approved 
by the appropriate Dean prior to being delivered in the 
campus mail boxes if: 

The information being mailed is of immediate impor- 
tance to all students; 

The information cannot effectively be conveyed through 
newspaper, posters, and Campus Center Calendar; 

Time is available. All mail to be delivered to specific 
groups or organizations must have either the name on 
each piece of mail or a list of names along with the mail to 
be delivered in order to put in the post offices boxes. This 
mail will be deposited on a time-available basis. To the right 
of the main entrance to G-Lobby are the Games Room and 
First Service Bank. 

The Games Room 

Pool tables, ping pong, pinball machines, video games 
and board games are available for any student to play in 
the Games Room. You can also borrow backpacks, 
canoes, cross country skies, and other recreational equip- 
ment for free just by leaving your student ID with the 
Games Room attendant. 

Billiard and ping pong tournaments are also held in the 
Games Room for sharpshooters and kingpingers. 

First Service Bank 

You are welcome to open a handy savings or checking 
account at FSB. An Instant Teller machine and low interest 
student loans are among the many services the bank offers 
for your convenience. The bank hours are 9-4 weekdays 
and the Instant Teller is open whenever the Campus 
Center is. In the lower level of the Campus Center, below 
G-Lobby, are the Commuter's Cafe, the Union Stop Pub 
and the Crafts Center. 

Commuter's Cafe 

The Commuter's Cafe is not just for commuters but for 
anyone wishing to have breakfast or lunch during the week. 
The cafe offers hot and cold meals, a salad bar, soups and 
sandwiches at reasonable prices. During the evening the 
sub shop is open serving grinders and pizza. 

A spacious dining area with a T.V. and piano lounge ad- 
joins the cafe. Here, commuting students from nearby 
towns often meet on-campus students and students living 
in the college neighborhood. The dining area remains open 
at night and is a pleasant alternative to the library for study- 
ing and having informal meetings and study groups. 

The Union Stop Pub 

On Sunday nights, the Union Stop hosts a coffeehouse 
open to all students. Folk guitarists, comedians, singers 
and an occasional movie are usually featured to mellow 
you out and put your mind at ease for the week ahead. Cof- 
fee and cake is complimentary. 

Several nights per week the Union Stop serves beer and 
wine for upperclassmen. Popcorn and a large screen T.V. 
help create a speakeasy setting where you can socialize, 
watch Monday Night Football or Dynasty. 

The following is a list of Union Stop Rules: 

Only those persons over the Massachusetts drinking age 
may be admitted to the Pub when alcohol is being sold. 

Proper identification is necessary for admittance. All 
students must show an FSC College ID and a 
Massachusetts driver's license or Registry Card. All guests 
must show a Massachusetts driver's license or Registry 
alcohol ID. 

Employees of the Pub may at their discretion refuse ser- 
vice to persons who appear intoxicated or whose behavior 
disturbs other Pub patrons. Offenders may be asked to 
leave in both cases. 

The Crafts Center 

You may use up $3.00 worth of free art supplies each 
semester in the Crafts Center. There are potters wheels, 
clay and a kiln, silkscreening supplies, paints and an atten- 
dant on duty to help you create you own Mona Lisa. 

The Crafts Center is proud to offer a wide variety of Mini- 
Courses such as calligraphy, painting, batiking, and many 
other funky arts for the beatnik in you. 

The Crafts Center is open Monday through Thursday, 
Saturday and Sunday. Consult the information desk for 
hours of operation. 

Bits and Pieces 

Several large meeting rooms off of G-Lobby are used for 
various lectures and events. There are student offices on 
the lower level for the Strobe (newspaper), the Saxifrage 
(yearbook), Student Government, Outing Club, and Pro- 
grams Committee. 

Vending machines, change machines, and pay phones 
are found throughout the Campus Center. All Campus 
Center facilities are equipped for handicapped access. 

Student Organizations 



As a student organization member not only do you meet 
other people that have similar interests and tastes as you, 
you also gain experience in leadership, diplomacy, 
socialization, and planning skills which will help you 
throughout your academic and social life while your are in 
college and after you graduate. 

Student organizations are open for you and any other 
students at FSC to join. All that is asked is that you con- 
tribute ideas and a little of your spare time. You may do this 
by helping plan or staff the activities of the student group 
you become involved with. 

Some organizations may have officers appointed by Stu- 
dent Government, but membership is still open to all 

students. Fraternities and sororities ask that you participate 
in pledging before becoming an official member. 

FSC student organization members are opened-minded 
and enjoy meeting different people with new ideas. A 
steady input of fresh ideas is what keeps a student 
organization ticking. 

Accounting Society 

The Accounting Society is designed to satisfy the 
specific needs and interests of accounting students. By 
hosting speakers, attending meetings of national organiza- 
tions, going on plant tours, and working in cooperation with 
both the public and private sectors of the business com- 
munity, we hope to gain a realistic version of the problems, 
objectives, policies, and procedures associated with the 
accounting profession. 

Adelphian Society 

The Adelphian Society was formed for the purpose of 
uniting women of similar interests and objectives in a 
cohesive organization whose purposes are twofold; one, to 
further the development of the individual member by sup- 
plying beneficial activities; and two, to develop the in- 
dividual to be an active and influential part of the College. 

Amateur Actors Filmmaking Coalition 

Did you ever think about acting? Did you ever think about 
making films or writing scripts? Well, when it comes right 
down to it, who really sparks your imagination about film- 
making? Well, it should be obvious, it's you and the 
A.A.F.O, the prime motivators of the imagination. 

Aubuchon Hall Council 

This council represents an active group of Aubuchon 
Hall residents who meet weekly to plan fun things to do to 
enhance residence hall living. Ice cream parties, roller 
skating trips, and window painting contests are a few of the 
activities planned by the council which also acts as a 
recommending body to the Student Government Associa- 
tion and to the administration concerning residence life. 


The band is open to all FSC students on all levels of abili- 
ty. During the year the FSC Band performs at the Fall 
Honors Convocation, an Intercollegiate Band Festival, a 
Winter/Holiday Concert, a Spring concert at Salem State 
College, A Pre-Tour Concert, the Spring Honors Convoca- 
tion, A Spring Concert at FSC, and Commencement. 

The Band also plans an annual Spring Tour which 
brings members to a major city such as New York, 
Montreal, Philadelphia, or Washington, D.C. When on tour, 
students represent FSC by performing two concerts and 
acting as diplomats on their visits to the historical and 
cultural sights of the host city. 

Biology Club 

Biology Club outings give students interested in the 
world of natural life an opportunity to explore its personali- 
ty. Previous and upcoming outings include: whale watch 
trips, ski trips, stream walks, and trips to the Woods Hole 
Oceanographic Institute. All students and faculty are in- 
vited to participate in these activities as well as the student- 
faculty volleyball games and seasonal parties. 


Information is also provided for those students wishing to 
pursue a career in Biology be it graduate school, medical 
school, or laboratory oriented. 

Booster Club 

The Friends of the Falcons Booster Club provides a 
strong body of support and financial assistance for inter- 
collegiate athletics at Fitchburg State College. 

Membership is welcomed and encouraged from the stu- 
dent body, alumni, college community, and parents of the 
students of FSC who have a similar goal. 

Choral Arts Association 

The purpose of this association is to perform one concert 
per semester for the benefit of the college community. The 
association also holds at least one major event each year. 
The activities include a spring tour, musical stage produc- 
tions and/or hosting the annual State College Choral 

Computer Science Club 

Don't become terminally ill! The Computer Science Club 
can help you survive those bugs in life. 

Integrate yourself with other students having the same 
interests. The Club members interact closely with pro- 
fessors, providing for that smooth transition from college to 
the real world. Films, lectures, workshops, off-campus ex- 
cursions, and good times catinate into a solid base of 
knowledge that computer scientists should have. 

Cultural Society 

The purpose of the Cultural Society is to provide interac- 
tion between various groups of students at Fitchburg State 


Dancin' is a student-run organization coordinated by 
Caryl Sickul, a professional dancer and member of the 
Physical Education department. 

The club consists of a group of volunteer students who 
like to dance. Each week, the club meets and dances to 
popular and classical music. The club offers tap, ballet, 
jazz, and aerobic styles. At the close of the school year, the 
club puts on an electrifying performance. If you like to 
dance, this is the perfect organization to join. Beginners 
are welcome. 

Early Childhood Club 

The Early Childhood Club provides an opportunity for 
students to become actively involved in their major. 
Workshops and activities are provided by the club. It's a fun 
club— come and see! 

Elementary Education Club 

A great way of getting your foot in the door of the educa- 
tion profession is by joining the Elementary Education 
Club. You'll be working with teachers, professors, and 
other college students— not to mention the kids at McKay. 
We offer Teacher Swap Shops, student teaching seminars, 
speakers, etc., to prepare members for education careers. 
We are also proud to be a major part of the annual R.I.F. 
fundraising program at McKay. 


College students should have the option of venting their 
political views freely. 

This motto typifies the feelings and aspirations of the 
members of E.N.D. (Eliminate Nuclear Destruction), a 
campus organization dedicated to the anti-nuclear move- 
ment. E.N.D. is a vehicle for concerned students to be ac- 
tive in educating and presenting a rational belief held by 
the anti-nuclear movement; to stop the further proliferation 
of nuclear weaponry. 

Sanctioned by United Campuses Against Nuclear War, 
E.N.D. realizes that students in college should have a 
chance to be politically aware and active. The anti-nuclear 
movement is a timely and concerned organization of peo- 
ple from all walks of life. E.N.D. hopes to contribute its part 
on the behalf of the student population. 

Esoteric Society 

The objectives of the Esoteric Society are to foster 
greater brotherhood among its members; to develop men 
of strong character who will accept the professional 
responsibilities of leadership in the college, community, 
and life in general; to participate in intramural sports and 
other social organizations on this campus; to propogate a 
feeling of fellowship toward the members of social 
organizations on this campus, and to create a more 
cosmopolitan attitude toward the administration, faculty, 
and the students of this college. 

The Fenwick Society 

(Pi Sigma Upsilon) 

The Fenwick Society was established in 1966. It has 
blossomed into one of the most productive fraternities on 
this campus with such activities as: community benefits, 
athletic events, and large scale social events. The Fenwick 
Society strives to achieve brotherhood within its members 
and promotes social unity between the college community, 
faculty, and its surroundings. 

Fitchburg Industrial Technology Association 

The objectives of this association are to acquaint Fitch- 
burg State College students with the purposes, functions, 
and ideals of Industrial Arts, Industrial Science, Industrial 
Technology and Education. 

Forensic Club 

The Forensic Club is an organization of students who are 
interested in using and developing their public speaking 
skills by attending various speaking tournaments during 
the academic year. In the 1984-85 season the team was 
very successful as all of its members qualified for Foren- 
sics' highest honor, the National Championship in West 
Virginia in April, 1985. 

The members of the Forensic Team travel extensively. 
During the 1984-85 season the team travelled to such 
places as Westchester University in Pennsylvania, the 
University of Southern Connecticut and a special weekend 
tournament in Montreal. 

All students are encouraged to become involved with the 
Forensics Club. The experience in public speaking that the 
club provides is indispensable to any career-minded 

The Gaveleer Society 

The Gaveleer Society was founded in 1921 by eight like- 
minded men and a sponsor to bring some sort of 
cohesiveness to campus. 

The bond that exists today between active and alumni 
brothers is one of the many benefits of this fraternity. 
Gaveleers enjoy many things; love, friendship, and a sense 
of belonging. 

The Gaveleers live up to the ideals set down by their 
founders. Once a member, all the benefits far surpass 
anything experienced before. We have helped many 
groups on campus to get started. The Society has been 
around for 65 years and will be here for many more. 

Geography Club 

The purpose of the Geography Club is to spread 
geographic awareness through the student body with 
speakers from the field, familiarizing geography majors 
with opportunities for graduate school and/or employment, 
and planning and financing field trips and conferences in 

Herlihy Hall Council 

This organization exists for the purpose of unifying the 
residents of this hall, to provide a means by which 
residence hall life may be enhanced, and to act as a 
recommending body to the administration concerning the 
affairs of the residence hall. 

Human Services Club 

The purpose of the Human Services Club is to help 
develop a further interest in the field of Human Services; 
also our hope is to make our services available to Fitchburg 
State College and the surrounding communities, and to 
provide an opportunity for interaction among the faculty, 
students, and the community. 

Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship 

Inter-Varsity? Is that a sports club? No, it is an in- 
terdenominational Christian group for everyone of any 
religious background. It is a group of primarily students 
who gather together for fellowship, (singing, talking, 
laughing), Bible Study, and worship. It's a place to come 
and investigate the validity of the Bible and the claims of 
Jesus Christ. The warmth and caring which exist are only 
two reasons why you should look into this group. A third is 
because we are rich — rich in our Love for God. We invite 
you to share in this wealth, a wealth which grows as we 
grow and is everlasting. 

Karate Club 

Karate is an age-old art that not only teaches you about 
self defense, but also inspires confidence in your own 
abilities. Shotokan Karate is an excellent exercise program 
for males or females to get into top physical condition. In- 
struction is by registered Black Belts. Beginners are 
welcome each semester. 

The Marketing Society 

The Marketing Society of Fitchburg State is one of the 
most popular organizations on and off campus. The society 
offers you an affiliation with a national organization 
(American Marketing Association), guest speakers, 
resume workshops, and many social events which 

everyone enjoys. The Marketing Society is dedicated to 
serving you and helping you to reach your full potential 
while improving your career opportunities. 


(Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group) 

Too often students feel powerless and separate from 
society. MASSPIRG students get involved in consumer 
and environmental issues that affect us all: acid rain, rip- 
offs, whatever. Students at 20 colleges contribute time, 
energy, and funding to run MASSPIRG. Working with a 
staff of professionals, we can turn our ideas into action and 
dispel the myth of student apathy. 

Medical Technology Club 

The purposes of this association are to provide Medical 
Technology students with an insight into their chosen field 
and to keep students on top of the developments concern- 
ing Medical Technology which occur on campus, in the 
clinical laboratory, and elsewhere. The club is also an 
outlet for students to take part in non-academic activities, 
bringing students closer to each other and to faculty 
members on a social level as well as an academic level. 
This becomes a part of life upon entering an institution of 
higher education. 


Phi Omega Psi 

Neasylons means young women together who believe in 
love, unity, and sisterhood. In the past, the Neasylons have 
had many successes. The Franklin's Lounge parties in 
Shirley, for example, have been an entertaining time for 
FSC students who get a chance to see headline bands 
from Boston. We have also worked to obtain funds for 
charitable organizations such as the Shriner's fund for 
retarded children and the Newman Center. 

Newman Association 

The Newman Association is open to all students, con- 
tributes to campus unity and spirit through social activities, 
service to others, and by helping raise awareness about 
social justice issues. 

Nursing Honor Society 

Epsilon Beta Chapter 
Sigma Theta Tau, Inc. 

The purpose of this society is to recognize superior 
achievement; recognize the development of leadership 
qualities; foster high professional standards. 

Nursing Students Association 

The Nursing Students Association is a service organiza- 
tion which provides programs to promote and maintain 
health and to increase the students' awareness by their 
participation in these experiences. 

The Outing Club 

Canoeing, white water rafting, basic to intermediate hik- 
ing, parachuting, skiing, hand gliding, rock climbing... 

This is just a sample of the types of trips the FSC Outing 
Club has run in the past. The Club has grown tremendously 
in the past few years because students enjoy a challenge, 
getting away for a weekend, meeting new people, and hav- 
ing fun. 


There is a trip for everyone whether an individual has lots 
of or no experience, is somewhat crazy or politely reserv- 
ed, or just has a desire to experience the wonderful 

The Club is open to all students and everyone is en- 
couraged to participate. Do it outdoors! 

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity 

Mu Alpha Chapter 

The object of this chapter is to advance the ideals of 
Brotherhood, Service, Education and Scholarship, Black 
Appreciation, Black awareness, and development of Black 
culture, Black professionalism, and to foster such pro- 
grams as may be necessary to achieve these objectives. 

Philodemic Society 

The aims of the Philodemic Society are to develop 
greater school spirit through participating in work, sports, 
and all social affairs, and to cooperate with civic welfare 

Programs Committee 

Programs, a subcommittee of S.G.A., sponsors a variety 
of events that enrich and entertain the F.S.C. community. 
Some of the activities offered are: Concerts, Films, Cof- 
feehouses, Theme Days, Comedy Nights, Performing Arts 
Events, and Lectures. Volunteers make up the committee 
and membership is open to any F.S.C. student. 

Psychology Club 

The Psychology Club is synonymous with action and in- 
volvement. The activities of the club are designed to ex- 
pose students to different aspects of psychology, and to 
furnish knowledge that will help them meet their future 
educational goals. 

Some of the events which fulfill our aims are: speakers 
on informative topics such as Changing Sex Roles, Child 
Abuse, Anorexia, psychology conventions, films, graduate 
seminar planning, and career days. 

We also have a social side in our Christmas party, pot- 
luck supper, and year-end party. In addition, 1985 marks 
our third year as charter members of Psi Chi Honor Socie- 
ty. Come and participate, help keep the psych club great! 

Russell Towers Hall Association 

The Russell Towers Hall Association helps build strong 
ties that bind residents of this mini-megalopolis together. A 
positive atmosphere in which residents can grow is the aim 
of the Association which provides movies, a parents day, 
parties, pin-the-tail-on-the-R.A. hooplas, and magnificent 
crystal goblets from Tiffanys commerating each school 
year. The Association also is in pretty good with Student 
Government folks so if you have a gripe tell someone in the 
Association about it and they'll bark at SGA. 

Shotokan Club 

Shotokan is a Janpanese style of Karate. Classes are 
taught by George Noone, second degree black belt from 
the North American Karate Federation. Classes generally 
meet on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:30-9:00 
p.m. in the recreation room at Herlihy Hall. Wear 
something comfortable and come on down 

Club activities include attending training sessions given 
by the NAKF, and one tournament every semester (enter- 

ing is voluntary), followed by a year end banquet. Promo- 
tion testing is given at the end of every semester for those 
who feel ready. Club dues are considerably less than com- 
mercial Karate schools. Beginners are welcome. 

Society for the Advancement of Management 

The Society for Advancement of Management (S.A.M.) 
offers students seminars, speakers, films, socials and a 
diversity of exciting presentations. As well, S.A.M. provides 
interpersonal communication among peers and profes- 
sionals in a formally structured organization. S.A.M. is 
open to all students as it is believed that management is 
applicable to all professions and essentially all aspects of 
life. The challenging and rewarding experiences coming 
from S.A.M. help to enhance the post-graduate careers of 
all participants. 

Sociology Club 

The purpose of the Sociology Club is to promote interest 
in the field of Sociology, encourage individual growth, and 
offer an opportunity for interaction between faculty, 
students, and the college community as a whole. 

Special Education Club 

The Special Education Club offers many opportunities 
for college students to become involved in working with ex- 
ceptional children and adults. Volunteers needed in many 

Tokalon Society 

The purpose of this Society is to promote friendship and 
unity with all of our colleagues; to lessen apathy, and to 
promote a mood of cooperation among all people in our in- 
stitution of higher education. 

Townhouse Board of Governors 

The main goal of the Townhouse Board of Governors is 
to unite residents and to help them have parties, host 
barbecues, and hold softball games. The B.O.G. recom- 
mends suggestions to Student Government and the ad- 
ministration for the purposes of intensifying the on-campus 
experience in the unique, family-style townhouses. 

Veterans Club 

The Veterans Club was organized in the Spring of 1983 
at Fitchburg State College. 

The club arose out of a need for a group to represent the 
veterans to the school administration. 

The main thrust of the club has been membership 
recruiting and providing a social outlet for veterans. In addi- 
tion, the club disseminates information concerning finan- 
cial aid available to veterans. 

Volleyball Club 

Have you ever thought about what college students do 
on a Thursday night besides party? Well, many people par- 
ty in the gym by playing volleyball. 

This club is open to both men and women who enjoy 
playing volleyball. You don't have to be great at the sport, 
just knowing how to hit the ball and how to have a good 
time will insure that you enjoy yourself. 

Most meetings are held on Thursday nights but times 
and days may vary. Check out the Volleyball Club, it's a 
great way to meet people. 


You may also join one of the three student-run publica- 
tions or the radio station. 

The Strobe 

Campus Center, Lower Level, Rm. BC-17 

The Strobe is the FSC newspaper, written, designed, 
and managed by students. The purpose of the Stobe is to 
provide any interested FSC student with an opportunity to 
gain practical journalism experience. All are invited to sub- 
mit articles dealing with any aspect of college life, be it a 
hard news story about rent increases by neighborhood 
landlords, a sport's story, or a light feature about arts and 

Full-time undergraduate FSC students only are eligible 
for Editor positions on the staff. However, any and all per- 
sons are encouraged to submit material for publication. 


See H. Obermeyer,Conlon Bldg.,Rm. 319 
or J. McGrail, Miller Hall, Rm. 21 

If you lean toward the creative side of writing, poetry, 
drawing, or photography, Scrimshaw, 'FSC's literary 
magazine, is for you. 

The Scrimshaw is a professionally produced publication 
displaying the collective imagination of FSC. Contributions 
usually must be in by the end of the Fall Semester and it is 
published in the Spring. Editorial positions are available 
through Student Government. 

If you consider it art, then it belongs in the Scrimshaw. 


Hammond Building, Lower Level, Rm. B-14 

After you graduate, you'll have a Saxifrage to help you 
relive your days at FSC. 

The Saxifrage Yearbook welcomes student 
photographers, writers, illustrators, designers, and editors 
to help record the events of the school year. Your contribu- 
tions to the Saxifrage will provide you with portfolio material 
in professional, permanent form. 


Hammond Building, 3rd floor, Rm. 315-317 

WXPL is the student-run radio station at Fitchburg State 
College. Complete with sophisticated broadcasting equip- 
ment and an extensive album library, WXPL broadcasts on 
the FM radio band at 91.3 FM. 

All students are encouraged to visit the WXPL studios 
and become active members of one of the most exciting 
organizations on the Fitchburg State Campus. Once a 
member, students can audition for air time, or become in- 
volved with one of the many behind-the-scenes aspects of 
the station such as production, programming and music, or 
join one of the departments such as business, public rela- 
tions or underwriting. 

Other clubs on campus include... 

Interfraternity Sorority 
Voices of Triumph 
Women in Business 

Recognition Process for Student Organizations 

All student organizations wishing to operate on campus 
are required to complete the college recognition process. 
This process allows student organizations to be 
acknowledged by the Student Government Association 
and to apply for funds from the Association. 

This recognition process provides a guideline for student 
organizations to follow so they may be entitled to various 
support services around campus such as the use of bulletin 
boards and booths that can be set up in G-Lobby. These 
guidelines also insure that organizations members unders- 
tand their responsibilities as representatives of the College. 

College Recognition Process 

Submit current constitution and names of officers to the 
Vice President of Student Affairs/designee. 

Material will be given to Student Organization Commit- 
tee for review and recommendation. 

Student Organization Committee shall be made up of 
two members of the Student Life Staff, one student, and 
one faculty member. 

Rights and Privileges of College Recognized 
Organizations are: 

To use campus facilities; 

To apply for office space on campus; 

To use College name; 

To access Post Office; 

To sell/solicit on campus; 

To apply for funds from SGA and others; 

To use Business Office services; 

To participate in the judicial process; and 

To have an advisor. 

Responsibilities of College Recognized Organizations: 

To use the College Business Office for administration of 
all college approved and raised monies; 

To have a current constitution on file with the Vice 
President of Student Services/designee which will include 
at least the following; 

Statement of purpose, 


Election, officers, duties, recall procedure, 

Source of funds, and 

Amendment and ratification procedures; 

To have a statement of purpose which is in accordance 
with the goals and mission of Fitchburg State College; 

To abide by the guidelines of the Student Organization 
Committee available from the Vice President for Student 
Affairs Office. 

College Governance 


All College Committee 

The All College Committee (ACC) offers you the 
opportunity to participate in making the rules that: 

Govern student conduct; Determine academic progress 
and graduation standards; and Develop and change 

The ACC is composed of three students, five faculty 


members, and three administrators. You may apply to 
serve on ACC by contacting the Student Government 
Association. As a student member, you share equal voting 
power with faculty and administrative members in 
forwarding recommendations to the President. 

Through SGA you may also apply for a position on one of 
the following ACC Standing Committees: 

Academic Policies; Curriculum; Student Affairs; or Long 
Range Planning. 

All matters coming before the ACC are referred for 
preliminary discussion and vote to these subcommittees. 

The All College Committee usually meets the first 
Wednesday of the month during the academic year. The 
Standing Committees usually meet on the third 
Wednesday of the month. You are encouraged to 
participate either as an appointed voting member, or as an 
observer, since all meetings are open to everyone. 

You may bring a proposal before the ACC yourself or as 
part of a recognized student group. Proposals may also be 
brought before the council by any member of the staff, 
faculty, or administration. 

Student Government Association 

SGA Office, Hammond Building, Lower Level, Rm. B-16 

The Student Government Association includes all full 
time students at Fitchburg State College. 

The Student Government Association Council includes 
an Executive Board, officers and representatives from 
each class, officers from each residence hall and a 
Commuter's Board. 

The Executive Board conducts SGA Council meetings 
which are held every Tuesday during the semester at 
7:00 pm in room G-04 of the Campus Center, distributes 
the SGA budget which is funded by the student activity fee 
you pay along with your tuition, and oversees and approves 
the activities of campus student organizations. Executive 
Board positions include President, Vice President, 
Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Secretary, Public 
Information Officer, and Student Trustee. 

Each class has a President, Vice President, Treasurer, 
Secretary, and four Representatives to plan fundraising 
activities and host special events. The Senior Class 
organizes Senior Week at the end of Spring Semester for 

Each Residence Hall has a President, Vice President, 
Treasurer, and Secretary to sponsor hall activities, budget 
residence hall dues, and determine judicial action. If you 
have concerns about the quality of on-campus living, speak 
to your floor or suite representative or a residence hall 

The Commuter's Board has six positions: President, 
Vice President, and one representative from each of the 
four classes. The Commuter's Board is your SGA 
representative body if you live off-campus in the college 
neighborhood or if you commute from nearby towns. In 
addition, the Board provides you with information on 
renter's rights, encourages community relations (the 
annual Thanksgiving raffle to benefit needy families is one 
way) and will act on any problem or need you bring to their 

All SGA Council members have voting power except for 
the Treasurer and Secretary of each class and residence 

SGA Council Meetings 

The Tuesday night Council meetings are run formally, 
based on Parlimentary Procedure. If, as an organization 
member, you want to appeal to the Council for additional 
funding, or if you want to speak to them as a group, you 
would be wise to pick up a copy of Robert's Rules of 
Parlimentary Procedure in the SGA office and look it over. 

Generally, you may sit in the gallery and speak at an 
SGA meeting after three Council members speak. 
Knowledge of how the meetings are run will benefit your 
understanding of the proceedings and help you to speak at 
strategic points during Council discussion. 

If you've read this far, then you probably have more than 
a passing interest in student government and you might 
consider running for an office. Many Council members run 
for re-election unopposed during the Spring Elections 
(Freshman elections are held in the Fall) and because they 
are easily re-elected year after year the elections become 
dull and uneventful. 

Some positions on the ballot don't even have nominees! 
So even if you campaign just to spice up the elections and 
get the incumbents nervous, you'll become more 
knowledgeable about democracy and self-governance 
whether you win or lose. 


Anthony Building, ext. 3314 


The Department of Athletics at Fitchburg State College, 
supported by an athletic fee, offers you the opportunity to 
participate in activities at the varsity, intramural, and 
recreational level in order to develop yourself as a person 
first, a student second, an athlete third, and as a champion 


The men's programs include competition in cross coun- 
try, indoor track, spring track and field, football, soccer, 
tennis, basketball, ice hockey and baseball. The women's 
programs consist of teams in cross country, indoor track, 
spring track and field, field hockey, tennis, volleyball, 
basketball and softball. These sports have enjoyed national 
and regional recognition as highly competitive NCAA Divi- 
sion III teams. 

Many student-athletes have been recongized for their 
athletic achievements being named to various All- 
American and All-New England teams. In addition, FSC is 
a member of 10 intercollegiate athletic associations which 
entitles successful Fitchburg teams to participate in tourna- 
ment and championship play at the Division III level. 

If you are interested in joining one of the athletic teams 
listed above watch for notices around campus about pre- 
season team meetings where you can talk to the coaches. 
You may also visit the Athletic Office where Athletic Direc- 
tor Elizabeth Kruczek and her staff always welcome new 
members to the Falcon's family of athletes. 


An active intramural program offers the opportunity for 
you to participate in a wide range of sports in an at- 
mosphere that stresses sportsmanship, fun, and enjoy- 


merit. Team and individual competition is offered in such 
sports as volleyball, basketball, bowling, ice/street hockey, 
football, soccer, and ultimate frisbee. If you are interested 
in forming a team, rosters can be obtained at the in- 
tramural office (Anthony Building). The roster should be fill- 
ed out and returned to the office before the scheduled 


Recreational activities are provided to all students by 
recommendations made to the Women's Athletic Associa- 
tion and Men's Intramural Board. These organizations are 
responsible for such activities as ice/roller skating parties, 
splash parties, tennis and badminton tournaments, rac- 
quetball nights, broom hockey, cross-country skiing and 
many other sporting events. Open gym and open weight 
room time is also available throughout the week for you to 
use when a break from studying is needed. 

The Women's Athletic Association 
and the Men's Intramural Board 

Intramurals and Recreational Activities are held under 
the auspices of the Women's Athlietic Association (WAA) 
and the Men's Intramural Board (MIB). As students at Fit- 
chburg State College you are automatically a member of 
the respective Association/Board. Elections for officers are 
held each April. 


Parkinson Gymnasium contains the weight room for 
training and conditioning purposes and the office of the 
certified Athletic Trainer. Outdoor facilities for the athletic 
programs, located at the Robert G. Elliot Complex on Pearl 
Hill Road, include fields for soccer, football, field hockey, 
baseball and intramurals. Also available is a chem-turf 
track, tennis courts, and outdoor basketball courts which 
double as ice skating rinks during the winter season. 

At McKay campus school, the gymnasium is utilized for 
intramural activities and on the grounds is our new varsity 
softball diamond. All ice programs are held at the George 
Wallace Civic Center. The offices of the Department of 
Athletics are housed in the Anthony Building on the main 
campus directly across from Campus Security. 

Athletic Eligibility 

To play on an athletic team you must make "satisfactory 
progress toward a baccalaureate degree." This is explain- 
ed in the section "Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Pro- 
gress" in the Academic Policies chapter of this handbook. 

Support Services 



Fitchburg State College is a lot more than students and 
professors. There are services on campus that assist you in 
finding work after graduation, in ironing out any stressful 
situations you may encounter, and in disciplining yourself 
to do better in your classes. 

These are support services; they are some of the most 
vital gears in the well-oiled FSC machine. Help yourself to 
what they have to offer, afterall, you deserve the best! 

Academic Advising Center 

Thompson Hall, 1st floor, rm. 11 5, Ext. 3321 

The purpose of the Academic Advising Center is to help 
you with academically related problems for which you see 
no clear or obvious solution. You are invited to interpret the 
phrase "academically related problems" however you 
wish. For example, you may seek advising in one of the 
following areas: 

Change of Major 

Academic Probation 

Career Exploration 

Selection of a Major (for Undeclared Students) 

Special Problems for Older Students 

Support Group for Mature and Returning Students 


Members of the teaching faculty serve as advisors at the 
Academic Advising Center. 


(Alternatives for Individual Development) 
Hammond Building, 3rd floor, rm. 309, Ext. 3264 

The Alternatives for Individual Development Program is 
perfect for you if you possess the personal motivation and 
the academic potential to receivea college education, but 
have been denied this access because of economic or 
educational disadvantages. The goals of the A.I.D. pro- 
gram are to present the advantages Fitchburg State has to 
offer and to help you on your way to graduation. 

The A.I.D. program may recruit you if you demonstrate a 
strong desire to pursue undergraduate studies and it will 
provide you with ongoing assistance and support after you 
are accepted into the College. 

If accepted in the program you will receive supportive 
services in developmental reading, writing skills, 
mathematics, and tutoring in academic subjects. 

Also included in the program are personal, career, 
academic, and peer counseling, assistance in locating 
financial resources, and in developing the sophistication 
and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in college 
and life. 

Cultural enrichment is an integral part of these suppor- 
tive services along with noted speakers for personal 

Alumni Office 

Hammond Building, 2nd floor, (beyond Art Gallery), 

Ext. 3331 

The Fitchburg State College Alumni Association has a 
dynamic and active organization on campus sponsoring 
such programs as Merit Scholarships, group travel and in- 
surance programs, career seminars, telethons and the an- 
nual FSC Family Fair and Reunion. 

The Association, comprised of 15,000 alumni, sponsors 
a student VIV (Very Important Volunteer) Program whereby 
you may become directly involved in the design and plann- 
ing of various events and help in the production of the 
"Contact," the alumni newsletter. You are encouraged to 
become active in alumni affairs, and interact with alumni, in 
preparation for your post-graduation involvement. 


Campus Security 

Power Plant Bldg.,Quad Entrance, Ext. 3111 

The Campus Security Department is responsible for the 
safety and security of the college community. The Depart- 
ment is dedicated to protecting the life and property of you 
and your fellow students, and the prevention and detection 
of crime. 

As members of the college community, Campus Securi- 
ty is working to make Fitchburg State College a safer col- 
lege community, and serves the Campus with pride, 
courtesy, and professionalism. Campus Security wants you 
to be aware of these regulations if you own a car: 

All parking facilities at Fitchburg State College are 
regulated by authorized identification stickers available at 
the Campus Security Office. 

Overnight parking for students is restricted to Junior and 
Senior students whose curriculum require travel to nursing, 
teaching, or internship assignments. 

Overnight parking is banned on all City streets from 
December 1 to April 1 , or if a snow storm of 3 inches or 
more occurs prior to December 1 . 

More specific information is contained in the booklet en- 
titled "Motor Vehicle Regulations" available at the Cam- 
pus Security Office. 

Career Services Center 

Hammond Building, 3rd floor, rm. 313, Ext. 3151 

The Career Services Center provides a variety of ser- 
vices to complement your educational and career plann- 
ing. The staff assists in increasing your self-understanding 
and effectiveness in making career decisions. The 
resources of the Center are also available to FSC alumni. 

Among the services provided are: career counseling, 
vocational testing consultation, seminars and workshops 
on career planning and aspects of the job search, resume 
critiques, part-time and full-time job vacancy postings, 
credential services, and on-campus interviews. The Center 
publishes a newsletter, The Edge, on a regular basis and 
prepares an annual placement report on the graduating 

The Center maintains an extensive library of career infor- 
mation. The Career Resource Center contains numerous 
materials to assist your career development, ranging from 
booklets and brochures on occupations to company direc- 
tories. The Resource Center can describe specific occupa- 
tions, give labor market information about career 
possibilities or provide you with background materials 
about a particular organization. Specific job vacancies both 
full-time and part-time are also found here and are posted 
on the bulletin board between G-lobby and the Bookstore. 

An extensive collection of standardized tests is also 
housed in the Center. You may receive assistance in selec- 
ting and utilizing tests in research, diagnosis, and 

Several national programs of standardized testing are 
administered through the Center: Graduate Record Ex- 
aminations; College Level Examination Program 
(CLEP/DANTES); National Teacher's Exam, Medical Col- 
lege Admissions Test and Miller Analogies Test. You may 
wish to participate in the CLEP/DANTES program which 

awards college credit for successful completion of subject 
The Center is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm weekdays. 

Counseling Services 

Hammond Building, 3rd floor, rm. 313, Ext. 3152 

The Counseling Center staff provides a variety of ser- 
vices for personal growth. You can be assisted toward ac- 
tualizing your potential through increased self- 
understanding, effective decision making, and creative 
coping skills. 

A wide range of personal concerns are addressed in- 
cluding: lack of self-confidence, parental pressures, anxie- 
ty, stress, depression, relationships and personal crises. 

Short term individual and group counseling sessions are 
available as well as topical workshops. All meetings and 
records are completely confidential. 

The Center also provides referrals for students needing 
services elsewhere. 

Psychological emergencies are handled at any time by 
Burbank Hospital Emergency Room, phone 343-5080. 

Part of the Counseling Services is ACCESS: 

ACCESS is Students Helping Students, a group of 
dedicated students trained to help other students at FSC. 
ACCESS staff members are available if you need someone 
to talk to or someone to assist you in accessing the 
resources of the campus. In the fall, they serve as co- 
leaders in the Freshman Family Program. Throughout the 
year they are available to you on a drop in basis and con- 
duct workshops on such topics as: Assertiveness Training, 
Relaxation, Stress Management, and Study Skills. The AC- 
CESS office is located just outside room 313 also and the 
drop in hours are posted. 

Disabled Student Services 

Power Plant Building Ext. 3115 

The Disabled Student Services Office is committed to 
promoting awareness and respect for the rights and pro- 
ductive aspirations of all members of the College Com- 
munity. The office strives to accommodate the individual 
needs of disabled students through coordination of existing 
campus and community services. 

You are encouraged to arrange a preorientation inter- 
view with Disabled Student Services to determine any 
special accommodations you may require. 

All students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to 
actively participate in all programs and activities of the 

Available services include awareness workshops on 
disability-related issues for faculty and students, and an in- 
formation library on college and community services per- 
taining to students with disabilities. Also, Disabled Student 
Services works with the Student Affairs Office in maintain- 
ing a support pool of personal care attendants and 
volunteers who will assist disabled students in need of 
escorts, notetakers, readers, etc. 

Financial Aid Office 

Sanders Bldg., Lower Level, Ext. 3156, 3157 

Fitchburg State College administers and coordinates a 
variety of financial aid programs. You should begin applica- 


tion procedures well in advance of the term for which you 
are seeking assistance and should observe the deadline 
for the various programs for which you plan to apply. 

If you are interested in specific programs or if you wish to 
seek specific or updated information, you should consult 
the Financial Aid Office as early as possible for assistance 
in your financial aid planning. 

To remain eligible for Financial Aid. You must make 
"satisfactory progress toward a baccalaureate degree." 
This is explained in the section "Maintaining Satisfactory 
Academic Progress" in the Academic Policies chapter of 
this handbook. 

Food Service by DAKA 

Holmes Dining Commons, Ext. 3229 or 
Phone (617) 345-2551 

Daka provides a variety of food services at the College 
including the resident program in the Holmes Dining Com- 
mons, the Campus Center Cafeteria, a vending program 
and a Pizza Shop. As an on-campus resident which you 
may purchase, on a per semester basis, a 7-day meal 

Off-campus students who live nearby may also wish to 
purchase one of the resident student meal plans. If you 
would like to do this, send the proper payment along with 
your semester bill or visit the Business Office early in the 
semester to make arrangements. You may also purchase 
the 5-day lunch plan which entitles you to eat lunch every- 
day from Monday through Friday. 

The student food service committee welcomes sugges- 
tions on everything from food quality to atmosphere and 
helps make the food service staff responsive to your many 

You should be aware of the following policy that has 
been established to ensure an enjoyable dining at- 
mosphere for you. 

If there are grievances of any kind about the food service 
in any of its locations, contact one of the following: 

David Hill 

Food Service Director 
Holmes Dining Commons 
(617) 345-2151, Ext. 3229; or/ 

Any member of the student food service committee 
(names available from Vice President for Student Affairs, 
or the Treasurer). The food committee meets regularly and 
will discuss all concerns from nutrition to noise. 

If the grievances seem unattended, contact Dr. Lon 
Vickers, Vice President for Student Affairs. 

In the event of unruly behavior in the dining areas such 
as loud or prolonged disturbances; throwing of food; verbal 
harassment of the food service staff or other members of 
the college community or its guests, the manager or super- 
visor has the right to ask the offending party to leave the 
premises or to pursue disciplinary action through the Cam- 
pus Judicial Board. 

Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action, and the 
permanent revocation of the right to eat in the dining areas 
with no refund of any monies paid after the normal refund 

Sneaking someone into the dining areas to eat or the 
use of one student's meal ticket by another are offenses 

subject to campus judicial board action. Visiting friends are 
more than welcome to eat in the cafeteria as long as they 
pay a small fee. 

Less severe problems such as repeated disregard of re- 
quests to return trays, clean tables when finished or 
respect furniture or other diners may be handled 

Offended students should take it upon themselves to 
speak to the offending party. Given the pressures of col- 
lege life, this is a courteous way to let off steam. 

Should a request go unheeded, the food service super- 
visor may be contacted. He/she will sit down with the offen- 
ding party and explain the need for cooperation by outlining 
this policy. At this point the supervisor has the right to ask 
to see the meal ticket belonging to the offending party. 

If the warning is not heeded, the supervisor may repeat 
the warning, ask the offending party to leave the dining 
area, or initiate judicial board action through the Student 
Affairs Office. 

Any abuse of this policy or disregard of a request to leave 
the dining area may result in the calling of Campus 

Newman Center 

281 Highland Ave., (61 7) 345-2688. 

The Newman Center provides the presence of the 
Church on the Fitchburg State College campus. Located 
across from the Sanders Administration Building on 
Highland Avenue, the Center was designed to be a 
religious, cultural, and social gathering place for the Col- 
lege Community. 

Through the efforts of its staff, the Center offers a 
climate where you can raise basic questions without fear, 
receive an honest response to an individual need, and 
have a home where you can relax in a small informal 

Father Richard Lewandowski is the Chaplain of the 
Center, Deacon Benjamin Nogueira is the associate 
chaplain, and Lois Nogueira is the Pastoral Associate. 
They are available for counseling and spiritual direction. 


Anthony Building, Ext. 3304 

"Be All You Can Be", Army ROTC (Reserve Officer 
Training Corps) can help. ROTC is a program offered on 
campus enabling college men and women to become com- 
missioned officers. As students pursue academic curricula 
of their choice, they supplement these studies with ROTC 
instruction. Academic credit is awarded. Obligations to the 
Army are not necessarily incurred. 

ROTC enhances a student's education by providing uni- 
que leadership and management training along with prac- 
tical experience. It helps a student develop qualities basic 
to success in an Army or civilian career. Nursing students 
have special opportunities with a summer practicum in a 
military hospital. Voluntary adventure oriented activities 
such as rappelling are also conducted. 

Army ROTC can provide financial assistance. Four, 
three and two year scholarships are available on a com- 
petitive basis. All students currently or not now enrolled in 
ROTC classes may apply. Each scholarship pays all col- 


lege tuition and required educational fees plus provides 
money for books and a monthly subsistence allowance of 
up to $1 ,000 a year. Other financial aid comes from a sub- 
sistence allowance paid to all ROTC students their last two 
years in the program. A variety of other monetary help is 
also available. 

The ROTC program is flexible. There are many options 
to meet the personal goals of every student. The program 
is divided into two parts. The first two years, with no military 
committent is called the Basic Course. Students with 
military experience or who attend an ROTC Basic Camp 
may be exempt from this. The final two years of ROTC is 
called the Advanced Course. Graduates of the advanced 
couse are comminssioned as officers. They may serve in 
the Active Army or part time as members of the National 
Guard or Army Reserve. 

Student Affairs Office 

Sanders Bldg.,Main floor, rm. 222, Ext. 3130, 3131 

The Student Affairs Office is the chief office for student 
services. Services include programs for handicapped 
students, judicial systems, and new student orientation. 

Moreover, this office is responsible for seeing that you 
receive personal attention and find solutions or alternatives 
to non-academic problems. 

In a broader sense the Student Affairs Office is responsi- 
ble for your development. This includes opportunities 
which challenge and facilitate student growth. We try to en- 
sure an environment which promotes serious learning and 
encourages a searching, curious attitude. We also strive to 
create a mutually supportive college community that 
stimulates growth of the academic and social personality. 

Moreover, this office is responsible for seeing that you 
receive personal attention and find solutions or alternatives 
to non-academic problems. 

In a broader sense the Student Affairs Office is responsi- 
ble for your development. This includes opportunities 
which challenge and facilitate student growth. We try to en- 
sure an environment which promotes serious learning and 
encourages a searching, curious attitude. We also strive to 
create a mutually supportive college community that 
stimulates growth of the academic and social personality. 

Study Skills Centers 

Hammond Building, 3rd floor 


Your reading speed can be doubled up to as much as 
550 words per minute, you will be able to understand and 
enjoy what you read more, and your vocabulary can im- 
prove dramatically if you take advantage of the 
Developmental Reading Center. 

These goals can be achieved if you register for the one- 
credit personal reading improvement course offered at the 
Center. Just three hours a week working with 
professionally-trained reading specialists, their tutorial 
assistants, and a collection of traditional and multi-media 
training devices is all you need to master your reading 


The English Department operates a Writing Skills Center 
where you may get help at any time for your writing pro- 

blems. You can be assisted in all stages of the writing pro- 
cess from prewriting to proofreading and in reviewing con- 
ventions of grammar, punctuation, and spelling. 

If you desire assistance you may voluntarily apply to the 
Center. A wide variety of programs and instructional 
materials are offered by the Writing Skills Center. 


The Math Skills Center is located just around the corner 
from the Writing and Developmental Reading Centers. 
Here you can receive tutoring in basic math, geometry, 
algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. The Math Department 
runs the Math Skills Center and supplies instructors, tutors 
and basic texts to help ease your apprehensions about the 
world of numbers. 

Study Skills 

Note and test taking, memory aiding techniques, and 
time management are just four of the seventeen essential 
skills you can learn in the Developmental Reading Center. 
The staff of the center realizes your study time at college is 
limited and so while at the Center you will not spend 
valuable hours working with materials or learning skills 
below your potential. 

The Developmental Reading Center provides multi- 
media and computer-assisted devices to benefit your learn- 
ing experience the most. 

The Developmental Reading Center requires you to sign 
up for three one-hour sessions per week when scheduling 
your classes. 

Come check out the Developmental Reading, Writing, 
Math, and Study Skills Centers! A visit could make a big 
difference in what you get out of your college education. 

Health Services 

Anthony Building, ext. 3216 

If you become ill, have a minor accident, or need advice 
on birth control or other medical information, the Health 
Service's friendly efficient staff of certified medical person- 
nel is prepared to serve you. 

The Health Service is funded by your Student Health Fee 
and is organized to meet the health needs of all 
undergraduate students during the academic year. Be sure 
to bring your student ID with you when visiting the Health 

The Health Service is located in the Anthony Building 
and the phone number is (617) 345-2151, ext. 3216. The 
hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm 

Appointments: 8:00— 10:00 am and 1:30— 4:00 pm 

Appointments with the M.D.: Mon. and Fri. 
12:30— 2:30 pm; Tue. 4:00— 6:00 pm 

Walk-in Hours: 10:00 a.m.— 12:00 noon and 
4:00—8:00 pm every day 

Appointments should be made for all non-emergency 
problems, whenever possible. If you can't keep an appoint- 
ment, please call so your time can be given to another 

The Health Service is staffed by: 

A Family Practice Physician available for direct consulta- 
tion three days a week, and telephone consultation five 
days a week. 


Two Nurse Practitioners certified in family practice who 
will see patients for medical, gynecological, and orthopedic 
problems. The Nurse Practitioner will also be available for 
Family Planning service (by appointment), allergy injec- 
tions as prescribed by a physician, immunizations, tuber- 
culosis testing, and blood drawing at the request of your 
personal physician or a Health Service staff physician. 

A Certified Medical Assistant who is available full-time to 
assist in office procedures and do lab testing for urinalysis, 
some gynecological infections, occult blood, anemia, 
diabetes, pregnancy and mononucleosis.. 

All other lab procedures are sent to Canberra 
Laboratories and will be charged to your medical 

Before you are allowed to begin classes at FSC an ad- 
mission health history/physical form must be completed by 
your physician and placed on file in the Health Service to 
guarantee your continued eligibility. The Health Service 
personnel themselves do not give routine physical ex- 
aminations except when they are required for school- 
related activities such as nursing clinicals and teaching 

All of your medical records and Health Service visits are 
completely confidential. No information is released to 
anyone, including college authorities or parents, without 
your prior permission. 

You may also use, free of charge and with instructions 
for use included, these items: 

Heating Pads 
Thomas Collar 

Ice Packs 

Referral services to medical, dental, and mental health 
professionals are also available when necessary. 

During walk-in hours you should make an appointment 
as it will save you a long wait; however you may not have to 
wait at all during those hours when the Health Service is 
not busy. Walk-in hours are for non-emergency situations 
such as immunizations, sprains, flu symptoms, sore 
throats, etc. which are usually handled by the Nurse 


Health emergencies occurring on campus should be 
referred immediately to the Health Service if they occur 
between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm. After 8:00 pm you may 
contact Campus Security at ext. 3111 and make ar- 
rangements to be taken to Burbank Hospital. 

Here are some areas where the Health Services can be 
of specific help to you: 


If you are pregnant and are considering an abortion, 
make an appointment for assistance in arranging for one. It 
is important that you have an opportunity to discuss your 
options, thus, do not delay in seeking counseling. 

Allergy Treatment 

If you are already under the care of an outside physician, 
allergy injections will be administered if you provide your 
own allergy extracts and detailed instructions from your 
allergist on dosage, frequency, etc. 


It remains your responsibility to provide transportation to 
Burbank Emergency Room. If an ambulance is required for 
transportation in an emergency, you may ask the Campus 
Security or residence hall desk worker to phone one. If you 
are off-campus at the time of the emergency then phone 
Montachusett Ambulance Service at (617) 343-6401. All 
ambulance charges are your responsibility. 

Birth Control and Pregnancy Testing 

Contraception, counseling, and family planning are pro- 
vided in complete confidentiality if you desire it. 

The Nurse Practitioner will help you evaluate and use the 
contraceptive method you select. This is your decision, 
therefore, it is wise to make an appointment and discuss 
the method of choice best suited for you. Birth control pills 
and the diaphragm are prescription methods. Each require 
internal examination and periodic check-ups which can be 
done at the Health Service by appointment only. 

Free pregnancy testing is also available. If it has been six 
weeks since your last menstrual period, limit your fluid in- 
take and bring in the first morning urine specimen. Results 
will be available later that day. If the results are positive, the 
Health Service will, upon request, counsel and advise you. 


If you are a woman you should have an annual routine 
gynecological check-up and pap smear. For acute vaginal 
irritation or menstrual problems, the Nurse Practitioner can 
help you if you make an appointment. If special expertise is 
required you will then be referred to your own gynecologist 
or an area gynecologist. 

Health Fair 

The Health Fair has become an annual event with 
booths, demonstrations, and information of available cam- 
pus and community health related services. You may sit in 
on individual or group discussion sessions on health- 
related subjects or casually inquire about any health con- 
cerns you may have. 


You may get a Tetanus-Diptheria immunization from the 
Health Service without charge as they are needed every 1 
years. Other immunizations such as measles and rubella 
are available and you may be charged for these. Providing 
the Health Service with a record of your previous im- 
munizations will help avoid repetition and delay. A rubella 
titre to determine susceptibility to rubella can be done on 

Laboratory Tests and X-rays 

Most tests and x-rays are done by an outside laboratory 
and local hospital. The exceptions are wet preps, 
urinalysis, pregnancy tests, mononucleosis testing, anemia 
and diabetes testing, which are done at the Health Service 
without charge. Payment for other tests is your responsibili- 
ty and is not covered by the student health fee. Results of 
laboratory tests are usually available within a few days with 
the exception of those tests done at the Health Service 
which may be obtained later the same day. Some other 
tests may require two or more days to process. 


You may obtain test results by coming to the clinic or by 
phoning Monday-Friday 8:00 am-8:00 pm or the results will 
be sent to you via campus mail. In some cases you will be 
asked to return to the clinic to review the results with the 
doctor or Nurse Practitioners. 


You are expected to provide your own medications. If a 
prescription is needed, arrangements will be made with a 
pharmacy (there are several in the area) from which you 
can obtain the medication. 

Outside Referrals 

Referrals are sometimes made to outside physicians and 
dentists for consultations and treatment of special pro- 
blems. These outside referrals are not included in the stu- 
dent health fee and payment is your responsibility. They 
are often covered by private health insurance or school 
sponsored health insurance. 

TB Testing 

You should have a Mantoux skin test every year as it is a 
requirement for admission and for student teaching. A 
small amount of tuberculin purified protein derivative (man- 
toux) is painlessly injected right below the skin surface. 
Forty-Eight hours later you must have the injection site 
checked by the Student Health Service staff or the test is 
incomplete. Failure to return requires a repeat injection. 

Chest x-rays are required if you have had a previous 
positive skin test. Appointments can be made for a free 
chest x-ray with the Health Service secretary. 

Venereal Disease 

The Health Service provides routine diagnostic testing 
and treatment for gonorrhea and syphilis. If you think you 
may have been exposed to either make an appointment so 
the necessary examination can be done and lab tests 
ordered. Treatment is in strict confidentiality. 

Student Health Insurance 

You are covered under your parents insurance policy up 
to the age of 1 9 unless your parents pay an extra premium. 
When you turn 19, school insurance should be considered. 

You should not confuse the student health fee with 
health insurance. The health fee is mandatory and covers 
only your visits to the Health Service on campus. Health in- 
surance helps to cover hospitalization, diagnostic testing, 
and outside consultations. 

An inexpensive policy is highly recommended if you do 
not already have insurance or are no longer covered by 
your parent's policy. This policy covers you for the calendar 
year September 1 (or from the date of application after 
September 1) through August 31 both at home and away 
from school. You can get a pamphlet describing the school 
policy from the Health Service. 

Health Service Committee 

The Health Service Committee consists of the following 
eight members: five positions held by full-time FSC 
students, one faculty member, one administrator, and one 
health care provider. Members are appointed by the Stu- 
dent Government Association. The responsibilities of this 
committee are to: 

Receive and review requests and recommendations 
from all segments of the college community; 

Collect data concerning utilization of serivces; 

Audit peer review; 

Receive, review, and respond to student's 

Develop and submit yearly Health Service budget to 
be approved by the College President and Board of 

Provide periodic reports to the College President 
together with recommendations for ongoing improve- 
ment of the Health Services. 

Periodically review the functioning of the system and 
effectiveness of the health care providers; 

If you have any concerns or suggestions, please feel free 
to share them with the Health Service staff or with a Health 
Service Committee member (a list of members is available 
at the Health Service). 

If you are interested in becoming a committee member, 
please notify the Health Service. Meetings are open to all 
interested students. 

Residence Life 



The Residence Life Program at Fitchburg State College 
is one of the finest in Massachusetts, offering a variety of 
services and programs to assist students with their educa- 
tional, personal, and developmental needs. 

Living Options 

Aubuchon Hall 

Housing approximately 380 students, Aubuchon Hall is 
our all female residence facility. The Hall offers a variety of 
special conveniences. Each floor has a television, laundry 
facilities and a kitchen area. The first floor offers a full kit- 
chen, lounge, and study area. 

Russell Towers 

Russell Towers, a co-educational facility, houses more 
than 400 residents. The building is comprised of 36 suites 
with approximately 12 residents per suite. Each suite has a 
kitchen and lounge area. This suite arrangement offers a 
unique opportunity to form close knit communities within 
the larger Russell Towers community. In addition, each 
Tower contains lounges with televisions and study areas. A 
laundry room, bicycle room, weight room, and pool table 
area are also available to Russell Towers residents. 

Herlihy Hall 

Herlihy Hall, housing approximately 140 co-educational 
residents, is the smallest and oldest of our Residence 
Halls. Its six wings offer lounges and study rooms. A televi- 
sion lounge, full kitchen, large recreation room, and laun- 
dry room are located in the basement. 


The Town House Apartment Complex 

The Town Houses are the newest of our residence 
facilities. This seven building complex, primarily comprised 
of upperclass students, is located in a beautifully land- 
scaped area. Each apartment consists of a living/kitchen 
area, one and one-half baths and separate bedrooms. The 
Town Houses offer a very special living opportunity. 

Honors Housing 

The Residence Life Program recognizes and rewards 
academic and student leadership achievement by pro- 
viding an Honors House. Entrance into this beautifully 
renovated house is based on a competitive selection pro- 
cess. For the 1986-87 year this will be an all-women 


All residence facilities are staffed by Resident Assistants 
and a Resident Director. Resident Assistants are generally 
upperclass students who have been highly trained in such 
areas as peer counseling and referral, crisis intervention, 
emergency response, and programming. Their primary 
responsibilities are to assist residents in getting the most 
out of their Residence Hall experience through maintaining 
an environment conducive to academic pursuits, providing 
educational and social programs, and assisting residents in 
adapting to a group living situation. Resident Assistants are 
supervised by Resident Directors. These full time profes- 
sional staff members, who are responsible for the overall 
functioning of the Residence Life Program, are also 
available to assist residents with their personal/academic 

Developmental Programs 

In order to enhance the residential living experience, a 
variety of educational, social, and cultural programs are of- 
fered in the Residence Halls. Many of these programs are 
Living/Learning Programs which are workshops, seminars, 
and discussion groups, utilizing on-campus and outside 
resources. Living/Learning Programs, offered on a regular 
basis, are designed to complement the resident's 
academic coursework. 

Hall Governments 

All residence facilities are governed by Hall Councils, 
which are an integral part of the decision making process 
within the Residence Halls. The Councils, comprised of 
elected representatives and a Central executive board are 
responsible for enhancing the quality of Residence Hall 
life. The Councils accomplish this through surveying 
students regarding their interests and concerns, providing 
for Hall improvement projects, working with staff to 
establish policies and procedures, and coordinating a wide 
variety of social activities. In order to sponsor activities and 
improvement projects, the Councils request an activity fee 
from all their residents. 

The Residence Life Judicial Board 

The Residence Life Judicial Board is comprised of eight 
representative students and a Resident Director who is 
both a member and an advisor. Student representatives 
are selected through a competitive interview process at the 
beginning of each academic year. All infractions of rules 

and regulations, set forth in this handbook, occurring within 
the Residence Halls, are potentially within the jurisdiction 
of the Residence Life Judicial Board. In practice, a resident 
may be called into, or request, an administrative hearing as 
opposed to appearing before the Board. 

The purpose of the Board is to promote responsibility. 
Residents have the opportunity to have their cases heard 
by a group of their peers in cases in which no immediate 
administrative response is required. The decision to bring a 
case in front of the Judicial Board is made by the resi- 
dents) involved, the Resident Assistant, the Resident 
Director, and the Director of Residence Life. 

Possible sanctions of the Judicial Board range from war- 
ning letters up to and including eviction from Residence 
Life. As this is an educational institution, it is important to 
realize that most Judicial Board sanctions will involve some 
sort of community service. 


All rooms are furnished with a bed, an extra long mat- 
tress (so do not try to use fitted sheets), desk, chair, book 
shelves, closet, bureau, and shades. You must supply bed 
linens, towels, wastebaskets, lamps and curtains, if you 

We also encourage you to bring posters, plants, rugs, 
stereos and anything else that will assist in personalizing 
your room. Waterbeds are not permitted in any residence 
hall facility. 


Chances are you will be living with another person or per- 
sons whom you do not know. Even if you were friends 
before, there are going to be some differences in lifestyles 
and preferences. The best way to deal with roommate con- 
flicts is to prevent them from happening. Do yourself a 
favor and take a few minutes to share your lifestyle with 
your roommate(s). Silence is not golden when you are 
sharing a room. So, speak a few words today and avoid an 
argument tomorrow. The key to working out an agreeable 
living situation is cooperation. 

Here are some tips to keep the channels of communica- 
tion open throughout the year: 

Be willing to share some of your belongings but let ech 
other know what you do and do not want to share. 

Agree on some ground rules regarding visitors, study 
times, and private space. 

Make a point of introducing your roommate(s) to your 

Make a point of inviting your roommate(s) to join you 
in doing something you like to do. 

Try not to ridicule each other's faults, but help each 
other to improve. 

Try to think of each other as individuals and learn how 
to respect each other's individuality. 

Residence Life Regulations 


Each residence facility is staffed by clean- 
ing/maintenance workers. This staff is responsible for or- 
dinary day to day cleaning of all public areas (lounges, 
bathrooms, hallways, etc.). They are not, however, respon- 


sible for providing a personal maid service, nor are they ex- 
pected to clean up areas you may have abused. 

Take care in using all public space appropriately. In addi- 
tion to cleaning, maintenance is provided on a regular 
basis, based on a priority system. In order to insure that 
maintenance of common areas is occurring as needed, be 
certain you report all maintenance problems to your Resi- 
dent Assistant as soon as possible. 


The Resident Assistant for your area will give you a room 
inventory sheet for your room when you move in. You have 
the opportunity to add any damages or comment on the 
condition of the room before returning it to your Resident 
Assistant. Regular inspections of your room will be made 
by your Resident Assistant to ensure that it is meeting 
health and safety standards. When you move out of your 
room, you must have your room checked out by your Resi- 
dent Assistant. All residents must make an appointment 
with their Resident Assistant in order to complete the in- 
ventory sheet before moving out of the Residence Halls. 
Any student failing to do so will forfeit their damage 
deposit. Damages, if any, will be reported and the amount 
will be deducted from your deposit return. Public areas will 
be assessed in a similar manner and persons responsible 
for damage in these areas will be charged. Where it is not 
possible to identify a responsible party, all persons in the 
area or hall will be assessed a portion of the damage 
charge. It is in your best interest to report any incidents in- 
volving damage immediately 


You will receive keys when you check into the Residence 
Hall. These keys are your responsibility until you move out. 
In order to assist in maintaining safety within the Residence 
Halls, your lock cylinder will be changed, at your cost, if 
your key is lost or stolen. Keys may not be duplicated. If a 
student has been found to have duplicated a key they will 
be subject to administrative action. 

Safety and Security 

Although the Residence Life Program endeavors to 
maintain a safe and secure environment, most of it is up to 
you. Here are some hints for maintaining safety: 

Always lock your door and take your keys, even during 
the day. 

Report any suspicious looking persons within your 
Hall to Campus Police, the Desk Manager, or the Resi- 
dent Assistant on duty. 

At night, when the front doors are locked, do not let 
strangers into the building. 

Never give out any information regarding another 

Try not to walk on the streets alone at night. If you 
must, tell a friend where you are going and when you 
will be back. 

Make a list of all your personal property including 
identifying serial numbers and manufacturer. 

Record the number of all credit cards and checking 
accounts. Also, keep the addresses of these com- 
panies and banks to notify them in case of theft. 

Keep money and valuables in a secure place. The col- 
lege is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. 

A little common sense can go a long way in making 
your living environment a safer place in which to live. 

Meals/Food Service 

All resident students, with the exception of Town House 
residents, are required to purchase a meal plan. If you 
have any suggestions about the food or service, contact 
your Food Service Committee representative or the Food 
Service staff. 

Meal Tickets 

Each semester you will receive a meal ticket number 
that is placed on your College ID. You must present this 
number to be admitted to the dining hall for each meal. If 
you should lose your College ID a temporary ID can be ob- 
tained from your Resident Assistant. 

Class Conflicts 

If you are involved with student teaching or have classes 
that conflict with meal times, please make arrangements 
with the Food Service staff for a bag lunch or an early/late 

Sick Trays 

Sick trays may be obtained by you for a roommate or 
friend who is ill. You must present a sick tray slip which is 
signed by your Resident Assistant, along with your College 

Special Diets 

Please notify the Food Service of any special dietary 
needs. Members of the Food Service staff are available to 
help with the planning and preparation of special diets for 
students who are vegetarians or who have health problems 
affecting their diet. 

Fire Drill Procedures 

Your cooperation in following the procedures listed 
below may be important in saving your life or the lives of 
other residents of the Hall if a fire or similar disaster should 
occur. In addition to these procedures, fire exit routes from 
each area will be posted and must be followed. It is the 
responsibility of every resident to be familiar with these pro- 
cedures and observe them fully when the alarm sounds. 
Remember, you have no way of knowing the fire alarm is 
false, so you must respond immediately whenever the 
alarm rings. 

Close windows and open drapes. 

Leave lights on 

Wear coat or a blanket and hard-soled shoes. 

Carry a towel (to place over face in case of smoke). 

Close and lock door. 

Proceed to your designated exit point. 

If you are not in your room, follow exit procedures for 

the area which you are in. 

Assemble outside in the place assigned to your area. 


Fire Safety Equipment 

Each Residence Hall has a fire alarm system directly 
connected to the Fitchburg Fire Department. Fire hoses, 
heat and smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, alarms, and 
exit signs are present. Fire safety procedures and exit 
routes are posted in each Hall. Fire drills are held on a 
regular basis. 

Tampering with fire safety equipment, setting a fire, or 
setting a false alarm are serious offenses punishable by 
eviction from the Residence Halls as well as further judicial 
action. Fire doors in halls and stairwells must remain 
closed at all times. 

Policies and Procedures 

All violations of the policies and procedures outlined 
below are subject to disciplinary action which could lead to 
loss of residency privileges. 


In compliance with Massachusetts State Law, consump- 
tion of alcoholic beverages is banned in all public areas of 
the Residence Halls. This includes lounges, stairwells, 
hallways, bathrooms, etc. In addition, alcohol consumption 
and open containers are prohibited in any public area in Fit- 
chburg. Violations of this city ordinance can result in a 
$200.00 fine. In accordance with these rulings and the cur- 
rent drinking age of 21 , residents and their visitors who are 
under 21 may not consume alcohol in the Residence Halls, 
nor carry alcoholic beverages into the Residence Halls. No 
kegs, beerballs, or other common sources of beer will be 
allowed in any Fitchburg State College residence facility at 
any time. 


Cooking appliances may not be used in student rooms at 
any time due to the danger of fire from electrical overload. 
The following appliances are permitted in the Residence 
Halls: portable electric hairdryers; portable, apartment size 
refrigerators (not to exceed 2 amps); razors; radios; por- 
table television sets; tape recorders; stereos; popcorn pop- 
pers; and coffee makers. Both the appliance and cord used 
in connection with it must be UL approved. Popcorn pop- 
pers and coffee makers are to be used in kitchen areas 


Athletic endeavors within the general area of the 
Residence Halls are prohibited unless authorized by the 
Residence Hall Staff. 


Parking is limited to students who must travel off-campus 
for academic reasons. If you think you may qualify for a 
parking sticker, see Campus Police. 


Students are responsible for the cleanliness of their 
rooms and must maintain reasonable sanitation and safety 
standards. Waste materials should be removed regularly. 
Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. 
Rooms will be checked periodically for cleanliness by the 
Residence Hall staff. Rooms which are not clean upon 
room inspection must be cleaned within 24 hours. Rooms 
not cleaned upon vacating the premises will be charged a 
cleaning charge of at least $25.00. Lack of cleanliness or 
regular maintenance of student rooms during the year may 
result in the termination of residency privileges. 

Illegal Drugs 

All illegal drugs are prohibited in the Residence Halls. 

Noise Policy 

Quiet Hours are established in order to promote an at- 
mosphere conducive to educational pursuits. In any group 
living situation, such as a residence facility, residents must 
be cognizant of the rights of others, including members of 
the surrounding Fitchburg community. In each residence 
facility, quiet hours begin at 9:00 pm on week nights and at 
midnight on weekend nights. On all days they extend until 
9:00 am. During this time residents must: 1) keep their 
stereos low such that they cannot be heard outside the 
resident's room; 2) keep doors closed when entertaining 
guests; and 3) remain quiet in hallways, suites, and 
lounges. Excessive noise and/or music is not to be heard 
outside windows at any time, day or night. 

During exam periods, 24 hour quiet is established in all 
Residence Halls. The guidelines outlined above apply to 
this period. 

Overnight nonresidents 

Residence Halls are designed for the use of resident 
students who pay room and board charges for services and 
privileges. For this reason, nonresident guests cannot be 
permitted on a permanent basis. Visitation privileges are 
limited to no more than a 48 hour period within one weeks 

All nonresidents who intend to stay overnight must 
adhere to the sign-in policy. The host resident is responsi- 
ble for the nonresident's actions while in the building. If 
another resident's bed or room are to be used, permission 
for use must be obtained in writing from the resident prior 
to the guest's arrival. This permission statement must be 
filed with the Resident Assistant on duty. 

Party Policy 

A party is defined as any gathering from which noise or 
persons extend beyond the confines of a person's room or 
apartment. Written applications, available in the Hall office, 
for parties of any nature in any location within the 
Residence Halls must be delivered to the Resident Director 
preferably 24 hours in advance or at least by 7:00 pm on 
the day/evening of the function. In requesting permission to 
hold a party, the party sponsors must discuss their host 
responsibilities with the Resident Director. 

The party sponsor(s) must be in attendance at the event 
at all times. All party guests must be 21 years old or over 
and have a valid I.D. for functions where alcohol is served. 
In addition, all policies concerning alcohol pertain to parties 
within the Residence Halls. 

The size of the party must be limited. Preventive 
measures must be taken before the event to insure that the 
party will not become too large. Sponsors must always be 
aware of the number of people in attendance and take ef- 
fective measures to correct the situation should the 
number of people in attendance go over the specified limit. 

Sponsors should take the necessary actions to respond 
to any complaints resulting from the party (such as the 
noise level). Sponsors risk the possibility of having to close 
down an event if complaints are not responded to in an ap- 
propriate manner. 



No pets are permitted in the Residence Halls, with the 
exception of small tropical fish. 

Physical Assaults, Interference, Harrassment of 
Another Person 

This includes any action which may subject a student or 
other person to physical or mental danger or harm, or en- 
danger him/her in any way. This is grounds for Residence 
Life, Judicial Board or administrative action. 

Policy 

The sign-in policy is for the protection of the residents. It 
is designed to prevent strangers from wandering around 
the building, harassing residents, or causing damage. 
Each Residence Hall, with the exception of the Town 
Houses, has a sign-in policy. When the desk is open, 
nonresidents must sign-in at the front desk and wait there 
until the host resident arrives to escort the nonresident 
upstairs. Never sign-in someone you do not know well or 
who will not be remaining in your company at all times. You 
are responsible for those you sign-in, or let in the building. 


Commercial activities, solicitation, or advertisement by 
either an on or off campus organization are not permitted in 
the buildings or on the grounds of the College Residence 
Halls except when permission has been specifically 
granted by the Director of Residence Life. 

Solicitation refers to any and all activities which result in 
personal profit by the individuals or groups involved. Profit 
may refer to either fiscal gain or nonfiscal gain. 

Unrestricted door to door solicitation is seen as an inva- 
sion of privacy. For this reason, only when advanced con- 
tact has been made with the Director of Residence Life and 
permission granted, may nonresident solicitors be allowed 
to contact residents and then only via an information booth 
in the lobby area. 

Residents of a building may obtain permission from the 
Residence Hall Director to solicit within the halls, as deem- 
ed apropriate by the Director of that building. 

Use and Treatment of Permises 

No objects may be dropped or thrown from windows. 
Screens must be kept in windows at all times. Residents 
may not enter upon, cross, or use roof tops. Tampering 
with locks and altering or duplicating college keys are pro- 
hibited. Lounge furniture may not be moved to residents' 
rooms or another area in the hall without the Resident 
Director's approval. 


The possession or use of firearms, ammunition, or any 
instrument which could inflict bodily harm is strictly pro- 
hibited in the Residence Halls and is a violation of city, 
state and college laws. 

Off-Campus Living 



The Off-Campus Housing Office (OCHO) has two major 
goals: (1) to assist students, faculty, and staff in their 
search for adequate and affordable housing; and (2) to pro- 
vide housing related educational material, advocacy, and 
mediation for the student-tenant population. These goals 
are pursued through two areas: listing services and an in- 
formation program. 

Listing Services 

The OCHO listing service has been updated through the 
college computer network via a recently acquired terminal 
and printer. With this innovation, OCHO has the capability 
of offering off-campus housing lists as they become 
available with no time delay as in the past. The list includes 
apartments for rent, apartments in complexes, houses for 
rent, rooms for rent, and roommates wanted. In addition, 
OCHO has, on file, all landlord names and phone numbers 
who have listed with the office in the past. 

Information Service 

Within the office, there is also a selection of written 
material relevent to a variety of housing needs. These in- 
clude fact sheets, pamphlets and flyers covering numerous 
issues such as: 

The legal aspects of housing, tenants rights and obliga- 
tions, model leases and eviction proceedings. 

The location of public transportation, retail establishments 
and community based programs. 

Comparison of housing by type and community. 

It is the goal of this office to provide whatever service 
possible to insure potential and current off-campus 
residents up to date information and direction for any given 

The Lease 

The lease is a binding, enforceable, legal agreement, 
which should not be taken lightly. Before signing it, read 
the lease carefully and make sure you understand it 
completely. Any changes the landlord agrees to must be 
put in writing with his/her signature in order that the 
document be legally binding. 

Although the lease is a legal document, some landlords 
may include illegal provisions, which are unenforceable. 
Such provisions usually release the landlord from some of 
his obligations to the tenant. Legal advice should be sought 
if you are unsure about any of the terms in the lease. Any 
illegal provisions do not invalidate the remaining portions of 
the lease. 

Each tenant is entitled to a signed copy of the lease. If 
you are not given a copy at the time of the signing, the 
landlord is required to send you one within 30 days. Failure 
of the landlord to do so does not invalidate the lease, but 
you may not be bound by all of its provisions. 

The minimum requirements for a lease are the period of 
tenancy, clearly stated with specific dates, the amount of 
rent to be charged, and when it is due. 


To Lease or Not To Lease 

Generally speaking, once a lease is signed the tenant is 
responsible for paying the rent every month for the duration 
of the lease, whether or not the tenant lives there. For ex- 
ample, if you have a lease for September through May and 
decide to leave school in January, you are still responsible 
for paying the rent through May. A lease, however, 
prevents the landlord from raising the rent for the duration 
of the lease. 

A tenant who occupies the apartment with the landlord's 
permission, but without a written lease, is called a tenant at 
will. The advantage of not having a lease is that the tenant 
may move out at any time. The disadvantage is that the 
landlord can ask you to leave at any time. The tenant and 
landlord must agree to any change in the terms of the 
tenancy. Any disagreement may end in either the tenant or 
the landlord ending the tenancy by giving the other a 30 
day written notice. For example, if as a tenant at will you 
wish to move out by June 1st you must deliver to your 
landlord a written notice of your intention to do so no later 
than April 30th of that year. The landlord is held to the 
same requirements if he wishes to end your tenancy. 


Having a lease means that the landlord cannot raise the 
rent for the duration of the lease. Some landlords include a 
penalty payment clause in the lease stating that you must 
pay an additional fee if the rent is not paid by the fifth of the 
month. This is illegal since extra fees cannot be charged 
unless the rent is 30 days late. A provision offering a dis- 
count on the rent, if it is paid by the fifth of the month, may 
also be illegal and you should seek legal advice if you 
would like to make a discount rent your regular rent. 

There may also be a tax collector clause in the lease. 
This raises the rent by an exact percentage of the tax in- 
crease and must be proportional to the size of your apart- 
ment in relation to the whole building. 

Even though you have a lease and will be staying in an 
apartment for at least a year, it is a bad idea to pay the 
year's rent in advance. Paying the landlord his rent every 
month gives you some leverage in having repairs made. 
The landlord may exercise the right to keep the rent if you 
leave before the lease is up, unless the apartment has 
become unfit to occupy. Unfitness can only be determined 
by the inspection of the apartment by a city health official. 
Therefore, you should agree to pay your rent in monthly in- 
stallments. Your money earns interest in a bank account; 
paying your rent monthly keeps your landlord interested in 
you. Those are two good reasons for paying rent monthly. 

Damage or Security Deposits 

The landlord may require a damage or security deposit 
when the lease is signed, which must be no more than one 
month's rent. In addition to the security deposit, the 
landlord may require the first and last month's rent. The 
security deposit may not be used for rent unless the 
landlord agrees. Any other fees the landlord tries to charge 
you may be illegal. Seek legal advice if you are in doubt. 
One year after the security deposit is paid, the landlord 
must give the tenant interest on the money. In the case of 
the tenant leaving before one full year, the landlord owes 
no interest. You may have to remind your landlord that you 
have interest due you and deduct it from your rent if 

necessary. It is important to obtain a receipt listing the 
amount paid, its purpose, and the date. 

Before you move into the apartment, it is advisable to go 
through the apartment with the landlord and make a list of 
all the damages which both parties should sign. Keep a 
copy for yourself. If it is not possible to make a list with the 
landlord present, you have 1 5 days from the day the securi- 
ty deposit was paid to make a list, sign it, and give it to your 
landlord. The landlord may have his own list. No matter 
what the list, make sure you keep a copy signed by the 

After you move out, the landlord has 30 days to return 
the security deposit. If he claims that you damaged the 
apartment and intends to use the security deposit to make 
repairs, he must give you a written list of the damages and 
the cost to repair them along with the remaining money 
from your deposit within 30 days. The list must not include 
any of the damages that were on the list made when you 
first moved in. The landlord who loses the list of damages 
that was made when the tenant moved in must return the 
full security deposit even if the tenant still has his copy. 
Also, you cannot be charged for reasonable wear or tear to 
the apartment, such as dirt on the walls or carpets. Failure 
of the landlord to return the deposit or an itemized list of 
damages within 30 days gives the tenant the right to sue 
the landlord in small claims court. 

Repairs in Your Apartment 

If your apartment is in need of repair, there are several 
ways to encourage the landlord to make them. First, make 
sure the landlord knows what the problems are. Send a 
dated letter listing the repairs needed, retaining a copy of 
the letter for your records. Allow a reasonable time for him 
to respond, as determined by the conditions in disrepair. 

If the landlord ignores your request, call the Health 
Department and ask for an inspection. Have a list of need- 
ed repairs in hand when the inspector arrives. A list of State 
requirements that must be met by the landlord is available 
in the SGA office. 

The inspector will send a list of violations to the landlord 
and give him a period of time, which can be 24 hours to 30 
days, depending on the violation, in which to make the 
repairs. If the landlord does not make the repairs in the 
time specified, he can be prosecuted. 

There are a few more assertive ways to have repairs 
made. If an appliance that comes with the apartment is not 
working, and the landlord has been notified, but seems to 
be taking his time about fixing it, the tenant has a legal right 
to negotiate a rent deduction with the landlord. This is an 
instance when having a good working relationship with 
your landlord can be very valuable. 

Another way to get your landlord moving is to withold 
rent until the repairs needed are made. There are certain 
rules you must follow to legally withold rent. The first step in 
rent witholding is to get legal advice because you can be 
evicted if you don't follow the legal procedure correctly. 
Before you can start witholding rent you must be paid up in 
your rent. You must have an inspection by the Health 
Department and the inspector must find and report a viola- 
tion, not caused by you, which may endanger or materially 
impair the health or safety of the occupants. The violation 
must be repairable without your evacuating the apartment. 
The next step is to notify your landlord, by certified mail, 
that you have a report of the dangerous or unhealthy condi- 


tions, and state that you will withold the rent until they are 

One other method to have repairs made is called Repair 
and Deduct. There is a legal procedure that must be follow- 
ed so once again legal advice should be sought before ac- 
ting on this. First, a health inspector must examine the 
apartment and find a violation which is endangering or 
materially impairs the notice of the violation to the landlord. 
Your landlord usually has 5 days to begin or contract for the 
repairs and must complete them within 2 weeks. If he 
doesn't comply, you may have them completed and deduct 
the cost from the rent. However, you may not spend more 
than 4 months' rent each year to make repairs. Again, seek 
legal advice when taking action! 


In order to evict the tenant, the landlord must follow a 
legal procedure. He cannot lock you out or physically throw 
you out. It is illegal for him to get you out without first notify- 
ing you and then getting a court order. 

The notice the landlord sends you telling you to leave is 
called notice to quit. This is not a court document and it is il- 
legal for your landlord to make it look as if it is. The notice 
usually says that you should quit the premises within a cer- 
tain number of days, and the reason for the eviction. 

If you have a lease, the only two reasons that your 
landlord can use to evict you are non-payment of rent or 
violating one of the provisions of the lease. For non- 
payment of rent, your landlord must give a 14-day written 
notice but if you pay the total amount of rent due within ten 
days of receiving this notice he cannot procede with the 

Tenants without leases can be evicted for any reason, or 
no reason, but still must receive the proper notice. Once 
the notice is delivered, the tenant need not leave im- 
mediately. A summons must be served after the expiration 
of the written notice. The summons must be answered 
within seven days. Therefore, legal advice should be ob- 
tained as soon as possible. You must go to court, as the 
summons directs, with a list of defenses to the eviction. For 
example, you've paid your rent and have receipts to prove 
it, you are legally witholding your rent, or your landlord 
didn't follow the eviction procedures correctly. 

Even if the defense is valid, the judge may not rule in 
your favor. If the verdict favors the landlord, an "execu- 
tion" will be issued which will order your eviction on a cer- 
tain date. However, the judge may issue a stay of execu- 
tion enabling you to remain up to six months. 

You cannot be evicted within six months of charging your 
landlord with violating a health ordinance because the 
court assumes the landlord is just acting vengefully. 

Rooming Houses 

If you live in a rooming house your rights depend on how 
long you have lived there: less than 30 days, 30 days to 3 
months, or 3 months or longer. If you have lived in a boar- 
ding house for less than 30 days, you have few rights. Your 
landlord can tell you to move out at any time, but he must 
go to court to force you out. Your landlord may not lock you 
out or physically throw you out of your room. 

If you have lived in your boarding house for more than 30 
consecutive days but less than 3 consecutive months, you 
don't have to move out unless your landlord tells you in 
writing at least seven days before the day he wants you to 

move. During those seven days, your landlord may not lock 
you out or throw you out of your room. 

After the seven days are up, your landlord must go to 
court and get a court ordered eviction notice to force you to 

If you have lived in your rooming house for more than 
three consecutive months, you have the same rights as a 
tenant at will who lives in an apartment. Your landlord must 
go through the same process described previously before 
you can be evicted. 

Student Judicial Code 


The Student Judicial Board shall be composed of eight 
(8) members; One (1) Chairperson, Six (6) Justices, Two 
(2) who serve as non-voting Justices on an alternating 
basis, and One (1) Hearing Officer. These eight members 
will be selected by a majority vote of the Judicial Board 
Selection Committee to be composed of the eight current 
members and the Advisor to the Board. 

There shall be well publicized notice of openings 
of the Judicial Board. 

Any full-time student in good standing shall be 
eligible to petition the Committee for an ap- 
pointment to the Judicial Board. 

The Judicial Selection committee may not 
recommend any of its members to the S.G.A. Ex- 
ecutive Council for reappointment. They will in- 
terview all other applicants. The Committee will 
take the results of the interviews and make 
recommendations to the S.G.A. Executive Coun- 
cil for the approval of the appointments. These 
interviews will take place during the month of 
April each year. 

If by June 1 the S.G.A. Executive Council has 
failed to fill any of the eight (8) vacancies on the 
Board; these positions will be filled by the 
Judicial Board Advisor. 

There shall be chosen, by majority vote of the new 
Judicial Board, from the (8) students selected for the 
Judicial Board positions: 

A student who shall serve as Chairperson and 
conduct the proceedings of the Judicial Board 
for one full year. 

A student who shall serve as Hearing Officer, and 
in consultation with the Advisor: 

Receive and determine the validity of all com- 
plaints brought before him or her; 

Coordinate action heard by the Board; 

Have any powers necessary to so do which are 
not inconsistent with these or any other College 

Shall determine that all Sanctions have been 
completed within the time specified and will br- 
ing forth any violation of those Sanctions; and 

Will participate in discussion but will not vote in 
determination of responsibility and/or deter- 
mination of Sanctions. 


The term of office for each Judicial Board member and 
the Hearing Officer shall be one year. 

// a Judicial Board member or the Hearing Of- 
ficer shall be unable to complete the term, a 
replacement will be chosen by the Judicial 
Board Selection Committee. 

Any Judicial Board member interested in return- 
ing for an additional term will submit a Letter of 
Intent to the Judicial Board Advisor who may 
recommend appointment subject to the approval 
of the S.G.A. Executive Council. 

The Advisor may hear motions for dismissal of any 
Judicial Board member for improper conduct or abuse of 
that position. The Advisor shall allow a hearing for the 
Judicial Board member to explain his/her conduct and 
then shall decide on the motion. If the Judicial Board 
member is dismissed, the dismissal may be appealed to 
the Vice President of Student Affairs. Any Judicial Board 
member who has been properly dismissed is not eligible to 
serve another term. 


There shall be one meeting of the Judicial Board as 
soon as possible after its selection for the purpose of set- 
ting up internal operating procedures. A copy of these pro- 
cedures will be made available to any student upon re- 
quest, and shall be filed with the Student Government 
Association Secretary and the Student Affairs Office. 

Any member of the College community may br- 
ing a complaint before the Hearing Officer or the 
appropriate Vice President's Office within four- 
teen (14) class days of discovery of alleged 
misconduct by a student. 

Any complaint arising from the residence halls 
may be referred to the Residence Hall Judicial 

Within three class days of receipt of such 
notification, the Hearing Officer or the Vice 
President's Office shall deliver written notice to 
the student charged. Such notice shall include: 

The alleged offense; 

The name of the party making the complaint; 

The time and place of the Hearing; 

That the failure to appear will result in the case 
being heard in the charged student's absence; 

Information of his/her right to know the names 
of witnesses against him/her, to present 
witnesses in his/her behalf; and/or to request a 
reasonable postponement of the Hearing date; 

A copy of these regulations; and 

Information for arranging consultation with the 
Hearing Officer or appropriate Vice President or 

The accused shall have five (5) class days after receiv- 
ing notification to arrange for a consultation with the 
Hearing Officer and Judicial Board Advisor to: 

Receive more information regarding the Judicial 
Code, procedures, rights or the complaint; 

Acknowledge responsibility for the act; 

Choose to have an administrative Hearing. 

This decision once made, is binding on the accused. 
Judicial cases occurring during the time that the Student 
Judicial Board is not in session (Thanksgiving, Christmas, 
Spring vacations, Summer and the first two weeks of the 
Fall semester) will be referred to the appropriate Vice 
President for a hearing and disposition. 

In case of a complaint dealing with academic violations, 
the complaining party will bring a complaint forward to 
the Academic Vice President. The Academic Vice Presi- 
dent will then, notify the accused of pending action. 

In case of complaint dealing with academic dishonesty 
the Academic Vice President's office will be requested to 
have representation in all Hearings pertaining to the case. 

A Hearing shall be within six (6) to ten (10) class days of 
the original notification to the accused unless the Hearing 
Officer and Judicial Board Advisor, at its discretion, grant 
a delay to the accused. All Hearings are open only to the 
accused, accusor and others taking part in the pro- 
ceedings. A witness may not testify in the absence of the 
accused unless the accused fails to appear and the Hear- 
ing is held in his/her absence. 

A quorum is four (4) Justices. In case a quorum is not 
present, the Chairperson shall dismiss the Hearing to the 
earliest possible time a quorum may be constituted within 
the next two class days. 

A member of the Judicial Board who is in any way an in- 
terested party to a proceeding shall disqualify 
himself/herself from the Hearing. 

The accused shall have the right to question the com- 
plaintant and all witnesses. 

The Hearing shall be conducted in an informal manner. 
Rules of evidence need not be applied, and the Judicial 
Board, by unanimous vote of those Justices present may 
decide whether to consider any piece of evidence 

The Chairperson may adjourn or recess the proceedings 
at any time during the proceedings providing the pro- 
ceedings reconvene within five school days. 

In reaching a decision, the Judicial Board shall con- 
sider only matters introduced into evidence at the Hear- 

Any decision of the Judicial Board must be arrived at by 
a majority vote of those Justices present. 

Within two (2) class days of a Hearing, the Judicial 
Board shall deliver to the accused and to the President of 
the College, a written note of its decision, including its 
recommended Sanction, and notice to the accused of 
right to appeal. 

All proceedings of the Judicial Board will be tape- 
recorded. A copy of this recording will be available to the 
accused for the purpose of preparing an appeal; and then 
will be turned over to the Office of the appropriate Vice 

Appeal Board 

The Appeal Board shall consist of three (3) members, 
two of which shall constitute a quorum: 


One (1) student— not a member of the Judicial 
Board, to be chosen by the S.G.A. Executive 
Council or the President of the College in the 
absence of a nomination from the S.G.A. Ex- 
ecutive Council. 

One (1) faculty— to be chosen by the Faculty 
Association or the President of the College in the 
absence of a nomination from the Faculty 

One (1) administrator— to be chosen by the 
President of the College. 

The term of office for each Appeal Board member shall 
be one (1) year. If any appeal board member should be 
unable to complete the term, a replacement will be chosen 
by the appropriate segment of the community. 

There shall be one meeting of the Appeal Board as soon 
as possible after its selection for the purpose of setting up 
internal operating procedures. A copy of these procedures 
shall be made available to any member of the college 
community upon request. 

The accused may within five (5) class days of the 
Judicial Board decision, request an appeal to the Appeals 
Board. Cases will be considered for appeal based on the 
following criteria: 

Insufficient evidence to determine responsibility; 

Evidence of prejudicial error; 

Excessive Sanction; 

New evidence; 

Violation of due process; or 

Other extenuating circumstances as determined 
by the Appeal Board. 

Within two (2) class days the Appeal Board shall notify 
the accused of its decision to hear or not hear the appeal. 

A Hearing shall be within five (5) class days of the deci- 
sion to hear the appeal unless the Appeal Board at its 
descretion, grants a delay to the accused. All hearings are 
open only to those taking part in the proceedings, and, in 
no case, will a witness testify in the absence of the defen- 

The members of the Appeal Board shall select a 
Chairperson who shall conduct the proceedings of the 
Board for one full year. 

The same basic procedure followed by the 
Judical Board shall be used by the Appeal Board 
when hearing an appeal. 

The accused may, within five (5) class days of the 
Appeal Board decision, request an appeal to the 
President of the College whose decision is final. 


Conduct which occurs off-campus (within the 
geopgraphic limits of the Fitchburg-Leominster Standard 
Metropolitan Statistical area (SMSA)), and which would 
constitute a violation of any of the following offenses if it 
occurred on campus, and which results in injury or 
deprivation of the rights of others or is a violation of State 
and/or local law is subject to the judicial process. Depen- 

ding on the violation it will be appropriately leveled in ac- 
cordance with the current levels for purposes of a Hearing. 
The Judicial Board System will also hear violations of: 

Level I: 

Broad range of Sanctions apply up to and including Ex- 

Racial, sexual, physical abuse or any action 
which may subject a student or any other person 
to physical or mental danger or injury or viola- 
tion of Chapter 269 of Massachusetts Law: An 
Act Prohibiting the Practice of Hazing. 

Theft of property or services on campus or at Col- 
lege sponsored events; knowingly possessing 
stolen property. 

Intentionally or recklessly destroying or damag- 
ing the property of the College or others. 

Unauthorized distribution or possession for the 
purpose of distribution of any controlled 
substance or illegal drugs or alcohol on College 
property or at any College sponsored event. 

False reports of fires or other dangerous condi- 
tions (except those resulting from reasonable er- 
ror or accident). 

Intentionally or recklessly misusing or damaging 
fire safety equipment. 

Knowingly violating the terms of any disciplinary 
Sanction imposed by any Judicial Board in ac- 
cordance with any of the Judicial Codes or writ- 
ten notices from a college official. 

Possession or use of firearms, fireworks or other 
hazardous or dangerous weapons or substances 
on campus or at any College sponsored event. 

Level II: 

Broad range of Sanctions may apply up to and including 

Unauthorized possession or use of any controll- 
ed substance or illegal drugs including alcohol 
on College property or at any college sponored 

Intentionally or recklessly interfering with nor- 
mal College sponsored activities or substantially 
interfering with an individuals freedom of ex- 
pression including but not limited to studying, 
teaching, research, discrimination or harass- 
ment of any kind. 

All forms of academic dishonesty including 
cheating, fabrications, plagiarism, or facilitating 
academic dishonesty. 

Tampering with or falsifying any College record 
or official document or the records of judicial 
groups or knowingly submitting false informa- 
tion for incorportation in such records. 

Representing oneself as another person with or 
without that persons permission. 


Level III: 

Broad range 
bation I. 

of Sanctions apply up to and including Pro- 

Failure to adhere to College Alcohol Policy, the 
policies of the Union Stop Pub or other alcohol 
rules and regulations. 

Failure to adhere to any College policy stated in 
the College Catalogue, Student Handbook, 
Housing Occupancy Agreement or other official 
College publications of rules/regulations or 

Failure to produce a valid personal I.D. upon re- 
quest to any person who properly identifies 
himself/herself as acting in an official capacity. 


The President of the College may impose the following: 

Immediate Suspension 

The President of the College may act to remove im- 
mediately from the campus as necessary any student who 
may be acting contrary to the safety or wellbeing of 
himself/herself, others, or the property of the College. A 
Hearing shall be conducted within five (5) class days of 
such action. 

The Judicial Board may impose any of the following 
Sanctions or combination thereof following a finding of 


Permanent removal form the College. See Eligibility 

Suspension I 

Removal from the College. Review for readmittance will 
be granted only after expiration of two calendar years from 
time of removal. See Eligibility Status. 

Suspension II 

Removal from the College for a period of one or two 
semesters or balance thereof. No registration, class atten- 
dance, participation in co-curricular activities, or College 
housing will be permitted during this time. See Eligibility 

Suspended Suspention 

A suspended removal from the College for a period of 
one or two semesters or balance thereof. Any proven of- 
fense committed during this period will cause the suspen- 
sion to take effect for the balance of the period in addition 
to the sanction given for the latest offense. See Eligibility 

Probation I 

A period of time during which a student's actions are 
subject to close examination. Any violation of the Judicial 
code during this period can be heard with attention given 
to prior Judicial History during future Judicial Board ac- 
tion. See Eligibility Status. 

Probation II 

A period of time during which a student's actions are 
subject to close examination. Any violation of the Judicial 
Code during this period can be heard with attention given 
to prior Judicial History during future Judicial Board ac- 


A student may be denied access to any college building, 
area, activity, class or academic program. 

Education/College Community Service 

A student may be assigned some type of community ser- 
vice or educational project. 


A levy of a fine up to three times the value of poperty 
taken from a rightful owner without authorization, or pro- 
perty willfully damaged, destroyed or abused. Money col- 
lected in excess of property value will be turned over to a 
Student Loan or Scholarship Fund. 


Compensation for damage or offense committed 
through the payment of money or through appropriate 
work requirement related to the offense, which work in no 
way degrades the individual or inhibits academic pro- 


A written reprimand. The writing will also state that fur- 
ther occurrence of the given offense may be considered 
with attention give to prior judicial history by future 
Judicial Board action. 


A written warning or advice that certain conduct has 
been offensive. 

Eligibility Status 

A student on Academic Probation, Disciplinary Proba- 
tion I, Suspended Suspension, Suspension I or II, or Ex- 
pulsion will not be allowed to serve on campus represen- 
tative committees, hold elected office or appointed cam- 
pus wide office or be a member of any intercollegiate 
athletic team, nor shall he/she be elibible to apply for 
campus based financial aid during the second semester of 
a two semester Sanction. 


Records of the Judicial Board will be maintained in the 
Student Affairs Office. Such records shall normally be 
kept on file for one full academic year, portion thereof, or 
for the duration of a sanction. In the case of Suspension a 
note to that effect will also be on file in the Registrar's of- 
fice as part of the student's permanent folder. All records 
will be governed by Federal and State Laws as is ap- 


Interim Withdrawal 

An interim administrative withdrawal may be im- 
plemented immediately for the reasons set forth above or 
whenever the Vice President reasonably determines that a 
student may be suffering from a mental disorder and that 
the student's behavior poses an immenent danger of: 

Causing serious physical harm to the student or 
others; or 

causing significant property damage, or directly 
and substantially impeding the lawful activities 
of others. 

Whenever the Vice President has made such determina- 
tion, he shall, if he has not otherwise done so, promptly 
refer such student for an evaluation in accordance with 
the provisions above. 

A student subject to an interim withdrawal shall be 
given written notice of the withdrawal either by delivery in 
hand or by certified mail, and shall be given a copy of 
these Standards and Procedures. The student shall then 
be given an opportunity to appear personally before the 
Vice President of Student Affairs or a designee within two 
(2) business days from the effective date of the interim 
withdrawal, in order to review the following issues only: 

The reliability of the information concerning the 
students behavior; 

Whether or not the student's behavior poses a 
danger of causing imminent, serious physical 
harm to the student or others, causing signifi- 
cant property damage, or directly and substan- 
tially impeding the lawful activities of others; 
and where appropriate, whether or not the stu- 
dent has completed an evaluation in accordance 
with the referral for evaluation provision. 

A student subject to interim withdrawal may be assisted 
in the proceeding specified above by a family member 
and/or a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist, or, in lieu 
of a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist, by a member of 
the faculty or staff of the College. 3 Students will be ex- 
pected to speak for themselves whenever possible. 

Following completion of these proceedings, the Vice 
President shall determine whether to revoke the interim 
withdrawal or to cause it to remain in effect. He shall give 
prompt written notice of his decision in that regard to the 
student. Every interim withdrawl shall remain in effect for 
such period as the Vice President shall determine but in no 
event shall it remain in effect beyond the date on which a 
decision shall have been pursuant to a hearing as provid- 
ed below. 

Any student who has been referred for an evaluation in 
accordance with these visions shall be accorded a hearing 
within seven (7) business days after such evaluation has 
been completed. If a student is subject at that time to an 
interim withdrawal, the interim withdrawal shall remain 
in effect pending completion of such hearing unless the 
Vice President shall have sooner revoked it; provided 
however that the student will be allowed to enter upon the 
campus to attend a hearing, or for other necessary pur- 
poses, as authorized in writing by the Vice President. 


Students subject to an involuntary withdrawal shall be 
accorded a hearing before the Vice President of Student 
Affairs or a designee. The hearing shall be informal and 
shall be conducted in accordance with the following 

Students will be informed of the time, date and 
location of the informal hearing, in writing, 
either by personal delivery or certified mail, at 
least two (2) business days in advance; 

The entire case file, including an evaluation 
prepared pusuant to these Standards and Pro- 
cedures, and the names of prospective 
witnesses, will be available for inspection by the 
student in the Vice President of Student Affairs 
office during normal business hours. The file, 
which should be available at least two (2) 
business days before the informal hearing, need 
not include the personal and confidential notes 
of any college official or participant in the 
evaluaton process; 

The informal hearing shall be conversational and 
non-adversarial. Formal rules of evidence will 
not apply. The Vice President of Student Affairs 
or designee shall exercise active control over the 
proceedings to avoid needless consumption of 
time and to achieve the orderly completion of 
the hearing. Any person who disrupts the hearing 
may be excluded; 

The student may choose to be assisted by a fami- 
ly member and/or a licensed psychologist or 
psychiatrist, or, in lieu of a licensed psychologist 
or psychiatrist, by a member of the faculty or 
staff of the College. 

Those assisting the student will be given 
reasonable time to ask relevant questions of any 
individual appearing at the informal hearing, as 
well as to present relevant evidence; 

At the request of the student, a Fitchburg State 
College fauclty member will be appointed to 
review and challenge any evaluation containing a 
recommendation for involuntary withdrawal. The 
faculty member will be selected in advance by 
the Vice President after consultation with the 
Chapter President of the Faculty Association. 
The faculty member shall be given notice of the 
informal hearing, and access to the case file, in 
accordance with procedure mentioned above. 
Furthermore, the faculty member will be given 
reasonable time at the hearing to ask relevant 
questions and to present relevant evidence 
designed to challenge any recommendation that 
the student be involuntarily withdrawn from the 

Whenever possible, the student will be expected to re- 
sond to questions asked by the Vice President of Stu- 
dent Affairs or designee. Students who refuse to 
answer on grounds of the Fifth Amendment privilege 
may be informed that the Vice President of Student Af- 
fairs or designee could draw a negative inference from 
their refusal which might result in their dismissal from 


the college in accordance with these Standards and 

The hearing may be conducted in the absence of a 
student who fails to appear after a proper notice; 

The mental health professional who prepared the 
evaluation pursuant to these Standards and Pro- 
cedures shall appear at the hearing to respond to rele- 
vant questions, upon the request of any party, if the 
Vice President of Student Affairs or designee deter- 
mines that such appearance is necessary or desirable 
for the resolution of a disposition issue in the case; 

The Vice President of Student Affairs or designee may 
permit a Fitchburg State College official, and the men- 
tal health professional who prepared the evaluation, 
to appear at the hearing and to present evidence in 
support of any withdrawal recommendation A Such 
evidence will not be presented by legal counsel for Fit- 
chburg State College; and 

The hearing shall be tape recorded by the Vice Presi- 
dent of Student Affairs or designee. The tape(s) shall 
be kept with the pertinant case file for as long as the 
case file is maintained by the College. 

Within five (5) business days following the completion of 
a hearing, the Vice Pesident of Student Affairs or designee 
shall render a decision concerning the question whether 
the student should or should not be involuntarily withdrawn 
from the College. The Vice President or designee shall 
decide that a student should be involuntarily withdrawn 
from the College only upon a determination, based on clear 
and convincing evidence, that these standards have been 

If the Vice President decides that the student should be 
involuntarily withdrawn from the College, he shall set forth 
his findings of fact and the reasons on which his decision is 
based. He shall also state the date after which a petition for 
reinstatement will be considered and any conditions that 
must be fulfilled before any such petition may be 

The decision of the Vice President shall be transmitted to 
the student in writing, either by certified mail or by delivery 
in hand. 

The decision of the Vice President of Student Affairs or 
designee with the approval of the College President shall 
be final and conclusive and not subject to appeal. 

Deviations from Established Procedures 

Reasonable deviations from these procedures will not in- 
validate a decision or proceedings unless significant pre- 
judice to a student may result. 


1 . Based upon the definitions of various mental disorders 
provided by the current American Psychiatric Associa- 
tion Diagnostic Manual, (DSM-111). 

2. Such notice may also be given by a family member, or 
by others advising or assisting the student. 

3 In these procedures, a college or faculty or staff 
member who is an attorney will be regarded as "legal 

4 The provision may be invoked in factually complicated 
cases when reliance upon a written evaluation may 
not be sufficient. 




All accidents should be reported to the Student Affairs 
Office, Campus Security, or the Health Service. 

Animals on Campus 

Due to health and safety considerations, no animals can 
be allowed on campus or in campus buildings at any time. 
Obvious exceptions would be seeing-eye dogs and 
laboratory animals. 

Bicycle Parking and Storage 

Bicycles are a useful means of transportation around 
campus and town. Parking for bicycles can be found at the 
entrances to the Campus Center and lower level of the 
Sanders Building. Storage of bikes for residence hall oc- 
cupants is available. Contact the residence hall staff. 

Bulletin Boards 

Bulletin Boards are available in most campus buildings. 
Most signs, announcements, etc., must be approved by 
SGA or the Student Affairs Office prior to being posted. 
The SGA also maintains a number of bulletin boards 
across campus. Check with the SGA office for specific in- 
formation regarding location and guidelines for use. 

Cancellation of Classes 

In the event of inclement weather the cancellation of 
classes will be reported on WBZ, WEIM, WFGL, WTAG, 
WLMS, and WEEI radio stations. 

Faculty absences are posted daily in the Condike 
Science Building and Thompson Hall Bulletin Boards. Call 
(617) DIAL999 for a recorded message on faculty 
absences and school cancellation. 

Change of Name or Address 

You should promptly report any change of name or ad- 
dress to the Registrar's office so that your permanent 
record can be corrected accordingly. 

Confidentiality of Student Records 

This is a summary of the Massachusetts State College 
System Guidelines pertaining to Confidentiality of Student 
Records. Copies of the Guidelines are available for study at 
the library and at offices where records are kept. 

Education Records include records, files, documents 
and other materials which. . . .contain information directly 
related to a student and are maintained by an educational 
agency or institution. The following are excluded: personal 
files of faculty and administrators; law enforcement 
records; medical, psychiatric, or psychological records, 
and employment records of non-student personnel. 

Access Rights of Students. Students have access to 
records other than those pertaining to parental financial in- 
formation and those containing confidential evaluations 
and recommendations written prior to January 1, 1975. A 
student may waive his/her right to access to materials sub- 
mitted after that date but must not be required to do so. 
When a waiver has been employed, the student may, upon 
request, be notified of the names of those who have sub- 
mitted evaluations or recommendations. 


Access Rights of Others. No one shall have access to 
education records without written consent by the student 
except for the following: 

Faculty and staff who have a legitmate interest; 

Federal auditors who require information by state and 
federal statute; 

Financial aid personnel processing applications; 

Research agencies which must use data in such a way 
that individuals cannot be identified and who will destroy 
the information when it is no longer needed; 

Accrediting agencies; 

Parents of dependent students under certain conditions; 
Others in emergency situations involving health or 

Emergency Loans 

If you need cash in a hurry and aren't able to get to your 
bank or borrow it, the Student Affairs Office has a program 
which provides short-term loans. Loans are available for up 
to $50.00 and must be repaid within two months. All re- 
quests are handled on an individual basis and may be 
granted for non-college and unaticipated expenses only. 

Facilities Reservations 

All requests for use of on-campus facilities must be in- 
itiated in the Campus Center Office. Please consult the 
Campus Center for information regarding facilities and 
refer to the Programmer's Guide, published by the Cam- 
pus Center, for specific information. 

Getting around 

Your feet are the best means of transportation in the Col- 
lege area. Within walking distance are stores, banks, pizza 
joints, and laundromats. You can get downtown just by 
walking away from the Campus Center and taking any of 
the streets lying at right angles to Pearl Street which is the 
road that slopes alongside the Hammond Building. 

Hard-to-Find Rooms 

If you have ever tried to find one of these rooms, you'll 
appreciate this handy reference list telling you exactly 
where they are. 

A 1 00, A102, etc. (Conlon Industrial Arts, Basement level). 

Enter the Conlon Industrial Arts building from Highland 
Ave. (it's the main entrance); turn to the stairs on your right 
and go down. At the bottom open the red door and 
A1 00-1 04 are to the left. A1 08-1 14 are to the right. 

A302A, A302B, A302D (Conlon Industrial Arts, 3rd floor) 

Go through the main entrance to the Conlon I. A. building 
and up the stairs which are on your right. Take a left and 
walk into Image Systems. The A, B, and D rooms are off of 
the main work area. 

CM 150 (Conlon Fine Arts, First floor) 

Enter the Conlon Fine Arts building (next to Weston 
Auditorium) from North Street. The entrance to CM150 is 
through the double wooden doors across from where you 
stand. The room is a moderate-sized auditorium. 

GCR1, GCR2, (Gym classrooms 1 and 2) 

These are in the Parkinson Gym. It is easiest to find them 
by going just beyond the base of the blue smokestack and 
through the back gym door that faces North Street. GCR1 
is the third door on your right and GCR2, which is also the 
weight room, is the first door on your left. 

HBH 1, HBH2, etc. (Hammond Building, 3rd floor) 

These are actually areas set off by wall dividers. They are 
found on the third floor of the Library. Come out of the 
elevator or stairwell and take a right. The HBH rooms are 
on the immediate right; one is at the far right end of the 

MK-A1 (McKay, A-wing, 1st floor) 

Instead of going all the way down to the last McKay en- 
trance, enter through the first one near the flagpoles. 
MK-A1 is in elementary school, or A, wing of the building on 
the bottom floor. 

P AUD (Percival Auditorium) 

This one is easy, it's just that no one knows what it 
means. Just enter Percival Hall from the quad, go up the 
short set of stairs and through the blue-green double doors 
on your right, and you're there! 

SLH (Science Lecture Hall) 

Isn't this fun? This room is a tiered -lecture hall (like old 
movie theaters) located just inside the quad entrance to the 
low, brick, Sanders Administration building. 

11, 12, 13, 15 (Ihompson 1,2, etc.) 

Enter Thompson Hall from the quad. Take a right and 
walk for 20 paces. At the wall-mounted payphone take two 
rights to the down staircase. Go down and take a left 
around the base of the stairs. T3 is in the middle of the cor- 
ridor on your left and T1 , T2, and T5 are all the way to the 
end of the corridor. 

How to Gain Access to a Record 

A student who wishes to examine a record must obtain a 
request form from the Registrar's Office upon presentation 
of a proper identification card. The request form must be 
completed, and a photostat together with the identification 
card presented to the office where the record is kept. Only 
the permanent card (transcript) is considered as a perma- 
nent educational record. Other records may be destroyed 
in accordance with established schedules. Students may 
challenge contents of a record. The keeper of said record 
will discuss the challenge and indicate steps available to 
the student. 

Types and Locations of Records 

The following listing denotes types of records and the 
record keeping office in the daytime session of the College. 
Students in other sessions of the College should consult 
with the offices of those Divisions to determine their record- 
keeping locations. 


Type of Record Office 

Academic (Transcripts, etc.) Registrar 





Financial Aid Scholarships 


Director of Admissions 
Director of Athletics 
Student Affairs 
Business Office 
Director of Financial 

Career Services Office 
Registrar's Office 

Since physical location of offices is subject to change, 
the student should consult the directory at the Highland 
Avenue entrance to the Administration Building. 

Questions related to the material above should be refer- 
red to the Student Affairs Office. Again, it should be noted 
the above is a digest and complete guidelines are 
available for study at the offices listed above and in the 


Every student is issued a picture I.D. card. The I.D. is 
your passport for campus services and activities including 
the use of the library and pub. Failure to produce your I.D. 
upon request by any designated official is a violation of col- 
lege policy. If you lose your I.D. you should apply to the Stu- 
dent Affairs Office for a replacement for which you will be 
charged $2.00 


There are student lockers located in the Industrial Arts 
Building and Campus Center. A key for the semester may 
be obtained at the Campus Center Information Desk for a 
$5.00 refundable deposit. 

Lost and Found 

Lost and found articles may be claimed at the Campus 
Center Information Desk or the Campus Security Office. 


Fitchburg State College, in accordance with Executive 
Orders 1 1 246 and 1 1 375, Titles IV, VI, VII, IX, X of the Civil 
Rights Act of 1964 as amended in 1972, Titles VII and VIII 
of the Public Health Service Act, and other applicable state 
and federal statutes, reaffirms its policy of non- 
discrimination and affirmative action to ensure equal op- 
portunity in the educational programs and activities which it 
operates, and in recruitment and employment of facuty or 

The policy, which is consistent with Title IX of the 
Educational Amendments of 1972, states: Fitchburg State 
College's policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of 
race, sex, (including sexual harassment,) religion, age, col- 
or, creed, national origin, marital or parental status, or han- 
dicap, in compliance with Section 504 of the rehabilitation 
Act of 1973, and in the recruitment and admissions of 
students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and 
staff, or the operation of any of its programs and activities, 
as specified by various applicable federal and state laws 
and regulations. 

Any employee or student who believes that he/she has 
been discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, 

(including sexual harassment,) religion, age, color, creed, 
national origin, marital or parental status or handicap, may 
utilize the College's Complaint Procedures, available from 
the Director of Personnel, Dr. Thomas Coates, whose of- 
fice is located on the first floor in the Sanders Administra- 
tion Building. 

Past-Due Student Accounts 

Any indebtedness to the College which becomes past 
due, immediately jeopardizes the student's enrollment and 
no such student shall be permitted to graduate or register 
for a subsequent semester or summer school term. Fur- 
ther, any student who fails to pay all indebtedness to the 
College may not be issued diplomas, degrees, or other of- 
ficial statements, unless otherwise mandated by law. 

Examples of past due accounts are tuition bills not paid 
or defaulted student loans. 

Due dates are posted annually by the Treasurer. 

Private and Confidentiality Regulations Pursuant to Fair 
Information Practices Act 

Privacy and Confidentiality Regulations Pursuant to the 
Fair Information Practices Act-F.I.P.A.-(Chapter 776 of the 
Acts of 1975) are posted, together with a copy of the 
Chapter 776 and the name of the F.I. P. A. administrator on 
appropriate bulletin boards at the College. They may also 
be examined at the offices of the Vice Presidents of the 
College and of the F.I. P. A. Included in these regulations 
are the following sections intended to implement this law. 










Implementation Responsibilities 

Security Procedures 

Maintaining Records of Data Usage 

Access to Personal Data 

Data Subject Objection 

General Procedures 

Enforcement Procedures 

Students should note that if any of these regulations 
should conflict with applicable provisions of the federal 
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as 
amended, or of any regulations promulgated pursuant to 
said act, the provisions of said federal act of federal regula- 
tions shall control. 


Transcripts are available from the Office of the Registrar 
and will be sent at your request for a charge of $1 .00 (see 
Student Rules sections concerning the obtaining of 


Mart (local buses) (61 7) 345-771 1 

Trailways Bus; Fitchburg to Boston train (617) 

Trespassing Upon the Land of Certain Institutions 

Fitchburg State College is governed by the 
Massachusetts Trespass Act, enacted June 2, 1969. 

Whoever willfully trespasses upon land or premises 
belonging to the Commonwealth, or to any authority 


established by the general court for purposes incidental to 
higher education. ...after notice from an officer of any said 
institutions to leave said land, remains thereon, shall be 
punished by a fine of not more than $50.00 or by imprison- 
ment for not more than three months. 

Guidelines pertaining to the sale of alcoholic 

PUB: The Fitchburg State College UNION STOP PUB is 
licensed by the Fitchburg License Commission to sell beer 
and wine providing there is in place a Liability Policy 
separate from that of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts. The PUB is governed by the rules and 
regulations of the Commonwealth. Additionally all college 
policies regarding the dispensing of alcohol on campus 
shall be followed. 

Only those persons of legal age may be admitted to the 
PUB when alcohol is being sold. 

All patrons (student, fauclty, staff, administration) must 
show a currently valid college I.D. and a Mass license or 
Registry card in order to be admitted. 

All guests must show a valid Massachusetts Driver's 
license or Registry card. 

PUB employees will refuse services to any person who 
appears by the judgment of the management to be 

Patrons whose behavior infringes on the rights of others 
may be refused service and asked to leave. 

Patrons failing to abide by the PUB rules may be subject 
to disciplinary action. 

The management of the PUB will routinely offer non- 
alcoholic functions open to all Fitchburg State College 

Other Areas: Individuals/ Groups wishing to sponsor 
campus events in areas where alcoholic beverages may be 
sold must: 

Secure a one-day liquor license from the Fitchburg 
License Commission. 

Meet the same standards of operation utilized by the 
PUB including a liability policy. 

Comply with the policies of the Large Scale Alcohol 
Events Committee. 

Guidelines pertaining to sale, distribution, consumption 
of alcoholic beverages. 

When alcoholic beverages are served as part of a cam- 
pus activity, food and non-alcoholic beverages must be 
available. Alcoholic beverages may not continue to be 
served if non-alcoholic beverages or food run out. 

Advertising for activities where alcoholic beverages are 
being served cannot place the emphasis on alcohol. The 
price of alcoholic beverages cannot be displayed or stated. 
All advertising must be approved by the appropriate source 
prior to distribution. 

All alcoholic beverages must be sold for an individually 
priced amount. Selling alcohol at "5 for $1 .00" or "2 for 1 " 
is not permitted. 

No more than two (2) alcoholic beverages shall be sold 
and/or served to a patron at one time. 

The serving of alcoholic beverages at campus spon- 
sored activities must stop one half hour before the close of 
the activity. 

It will be the responsibility of the licensee (individual or 
group) sponsoring the activity to properly assure that par- 

ticipants are of legal age. Proper identification includes a 
Fitchburg State College I.D., Picture Drivers License, ABC 
Card or any combination of two of these. 

Individuals, organizations or groups sponsoring activities 
where alcohol is served shall abide by the established 
regulations and ordinances enacted by the Com- 
monwealth, City of Fitchburg or Fitchburg License 

The sponsoring individual or group is responsible, and 
will be held accountable for carrying out the policies. 

No social event shall include as part of the activities any 
form of "drinking" contests. 

Institutionally approved security personnel may be re- 
quired to be present at alcohol related activities. 

Individuals or groups are not permitted to provide their 
own alcohol in conjunction with campus events. 

No alcoholic beverages may be served in conjunction 
with events where the distribution to persons of legal drink- 
ing age cannot be controlled. 

Alcoholic beverages may not be given away as part of 
activities sponsored by college recognized clubs and 

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted to be offered as 

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted as part of the 
membership recruitment functions of .college recognized 
clubs and organizations. 

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted to be brought on- 
to busses and vans which have been rented by college 
recognized clubs and organizations for the purpose of 
transporting participants to and from off-campus events. 

When a college group rents or contracts an off-campus 
facility, the management of said facility will hold the license 
and be solely responsible for the sale and distribution of 
alcohol including the checking for proof of age. All con- 
tracts will have riders attached stating same. 

Violations of the alcohol policies will be handled by the 
Campus Judicial System. 

The Student Affairs sub-committee of the All College 
Committee will periodically review the Alcohol Policies of 
Fitchburg State College. 

Fitchburg State College will continue its effort in the area 
of alcohol education by establishing an Alcohol Education 
Task Force the members of which will be appointed by the 

Policies Regarding Large Scale Alcohol Events 

All student organizations planning to sponsor a Large 
Scale Alcohol Event on campus must submit their proposal 
to LAEC (Large Alcohol Event Committee) and adhere to 
its policies. 

The Large Alcohol Event Committee is a group of eight 
students who have the responsibility of aiding in the plann- 
ing, supervision, and evaluation of Large Scale Alcohol 
Events on the Fitchburg State College Campus. 

The LAEC Policies and Procedures apply to all events 
meeting the following criteria: 

Anticipated attendance will be two hundred plus (200 + ) 


Alcholic beverages will be sold; 

A fee will be charged for admission to the event; or 

Appropriated student fees are used. 


A copy of LAEC Policies and Procedures can be obtain- 
ed from the SGA office, Campus Center Office orthe Stu- 
dent Affairs Office in Sanders Administration Building. 
Responsibilities include: 

Helping students learn management skills and 

Aid student organization in fund raising. 
Provide events at which students can enjoy the at- 
mosphere and the environment in a responsible 

Insure that the policies of Fitchburg State College are 
adhered to. 

Contact with LAEC may be made through the SGA Of- 
fice, the Campus Center Office or the Student Affairs 

City of Fitchburg Open Bottle Ordinance 

No person shall drink any alcoholic beverage as 
defined in Chapter 13, Section 1 of the General Laws 
of the State, or possess an open container full or par- 
tially full of any alcoholic beverages, while on, in, or 
upon any public way, upon any way to which the 
public has right of access, in any place to which 
members of the public have access as invitees or 
licensees, in any park or playground, conservation 
area or recreation area, or private land or place 
without consent of the owner or person in contact 

Any person convicted of violating this ordinance 
shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two hun- 
dred ($200.00) dollars for each offense. 

Alcohol Policies: 

Drinking has been part of the social side of college life for 
so long that it is often frustrating for Fitchburg State Col- 
lege administrators and faculty to learn that beer and par- 
ties, which are terms connected to the social life you ex- 
perience while attending college have become 
synonymous with the idea of college itself. 

The following policies govern possession, consumption, 
serving or sale of alcoholic beverages on the Fitchburg 
State College campus or in conjunction with off-campus 
events sponsored by Fitchburg State College. 

Legal Requirements: 

Fitchburg State College will strictly adhere to the 
Federal, State and local laws governing the manufacturing, 
transportation, distribution, storing, sales and use of 
alcoholic beverages. Violation of said laws are subject to 
prosecution by civil authorities. 

A summary of the more pertinent laws are: 

The legal age for the consumption and purchase of 

alcoholic beverages is twenty-one (21). A license from the 

City of Fitchburg is required if alcoholic beverages are to be 


No person or group shall purchase or otherwise procure 

alcoholic beverages for the purpose of consumption by a 

minor, as legally defined, unless the acquiring person is the 

spouse, parent or guardian of the minor. 

Anyone under the legal drinking age shall not purchase in 

any manner or transport alcoholic beverages. 

Transportation is permitted only in the company of a parent 
or guardian. 

Public intoxication is now governed by civil statutes involv- 
ing potential civil action. 

Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence is illegal 
and subject to strict penalties. 
Violations of civil law are subject to civil action. 
A Fitchburg City ordinance calls for a $200.00 fine for the 
possession of open alcoholic beverage containers in 

FSC Requirements: 

In addition to the established laws of the Federal, State 
or City the following policies will apply to the property of Fit- 
chburg State College and its use by the college communi- 
ty. Said policies will also apply to off-campus facilities 
rented or contracted by recognized college clubs and 

Locations where alcoholic beverages may be permitted to 
be possessed, served or consumed by those persons of 
legal age in concert with established guidelines. 
Residence Halls: Individuals residing in college owned 
residence halls who are of legal age will be permitted to 
consume alcoholic beverages within the privacy of their 
own rooms. NO KEGS or BEER BALLS will be permitted. 
Other Facilities (Including Grounds): Individuals and/or 
groups who schedule campus facilities for use at which 
alcoholic beverages will be available must receive prior ap- 
proval from the appropriate institution officer of the respec- 
tive segment of the campus group making such a request. 

These officers are: 
President: External Groups 
Vice President: Academic Affairs: Faculty 
Vice President Student Affairs: Students 
Assistant to the President: Administration/Staff 
Location(s) where alcoholic beverages may be sold to per- 
sons of legal age in concert with the established guidelines. 

PUB - Union Stop 
Holmes Dining Commons 
Athletic Fields 
Campus Center 


Departmental Chairpersons 1 3 

7985 - 7986 





Battinelli, Dr. Thomas 

Physical Education 

Gym, 2nd Floor 


Burke, Dr. John 


McKay, Rm. C-175 


Carson, Mr. Norman 

Social Sciences 

Miller, Rm. 30 


Dick, Dr. Stanley 


Condike, Rm. 116 


Dufault, Dr. John 

Behavioral Sciences 

Percival, Rm. 6 


Grabar, Dr. Terry 


Miller, Rm. 28 


Hoos, Mr. Gunther 


Conlon, Rm. 315 


Light, Dr. Barry 


Miller, Rm. 36 


Madden, Dr. Barbara 


Thompson, Rm. 105 


Markham, Major Frank 


Anthony, Rm. 101 


May, Dr. Anne 

Special Education 

McKay, Rm. B-141 


Murphy, Mr. George 

Business Administration - 

McKay, Rm. C-286 


Miller, Dr. George 

Early Childhood 
Elementary, Secondary 

McKay, Rm. B-230B 


*Shaughnessy, Mr. Robert 

Computer Science 

Edgerly, Rm. 103 


Strong, Dr. Robert 


Condike, Rm. 205 


Tardanico, Dr. Philip 

Industrial Technology 

Conlon, Rm.323 


Valanejad, Dr. Esmail 


McKay, Rm. C-289 



Mr. Robert Shaughnessy is currently serving as acting Chairperson. 


Written by Shaun Rouine '84 

Joseph P. Farragher 
Student Affairs Office 

Secretarial Support Kathy Gillberg 

Holly Barrett 
Student Affairs Office 

Financial Support The FSC Student Government Association 

Printed by The FSC Press 

Photography by Bob Arnold